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Mr and Mrs Smith: Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Play the Lead in Upcoming Series

(Left) Phoebe Waller-Bridge during an interview for Solo: A Star Wars Story on MTV International's YouTube channel in May 2018, by MTV International on YouTube, licensed under CC Attribution 3.0 Unported; (Right) Donald Glover's Twitter handle

Mr and Mrs Smith, the upcoming series that will be based on the 2005 American action-comedy film by the same name that starred actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, will feature actors Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the makers of the show announced in a statement on Saturday.

The show will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2022.

While Glover and Waller-Bridge will also serve as executive producers, writer-producer Francesca Sloane will serve as the showrunner. Other executive producers will be Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer of the New Regency (which also backed the 2005 film), and Jenny Robins under Wells Street Films banner.

Calling Glover and Waller-Bridge as “dream team”, Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios said in a press release, “It’s truly a dream for us, as it will be for our global audience, to have these two forces of nature collaborating as a powerhouse creative team. Mr and Mrs Smith is an iconic property, and we can’t wait to see how Donald, Phoebe and Francesca make it their own. We’re thrilled to be working with them, and with such great partners at New Regency.”

The 2005 feature film Mr and Mrs Smith had grossed $487 million worldwide.

Milchan and Schaefer of New Regency said, “We all started talking about other projects to do together and when he (Glover) suggested the idea of a new take and iteration on the New Regency film, Mr & Mrs Smith, we jumped at the chance to get going right away. Adding Phoebe and her company Wells Street Films as a collaborator and co-star takes everything up another level and makes the project worthy of a reimagining for both new audiences and past fans of the original film. We are so excited to be working with Donald, Phoebe, Francesca and the entire team at Amazon Studios.”

Both Glover and Waller-Bridge have previously worked for Amazon Studios. While the former has done the 2019 American musical film Guava Island, the latter has created and featured in the British black comedy TV series Fleabag, that won six Emmy Awards in 2019. The duo has also worked together for the Star Wars franchise film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).

Sloane has also partnered with Amazon Studios for an overall deal and is currently developing her first project, which is a series based on Anais Nin’s erotic fiction.

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