Paul Raci, who recently landed an Oscar nomination for “Sound of Metal,” and newcomer Lucy Paez (“Silencio”) have also been added to the call sheet of the Netflix film.
The movie follows a deadly assassin (Lopez) who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter (Paez) she gave up years ago, while on the run from dangerous men. Hardwick is portraying an FBI agent. His character, as well as Raci’s, have been described as allies to Lopez’s character. Fiennes and Bernal will play said dangerous men.
“The Mother” will be directed by Niki Caro, known for Disney’s “Mulan” remake, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and “Whale Rider.” “Lovecraft Country” showrunner Misha Green is writing the screenplay, with current revisions by Peter Craig.
“The Mother” will be the first feature under the newly announced creative partnership between Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions and Netflix. Lopez is producing “The Mother” with Elaine Goldsmith Thomas and Benny Medina for Nuyorican Productions, as well as Roy Lee and Miri Yoon for Vertigo Entertainment, Green and Marc Evans. Molly Allen will serve as executive producer.
Fiennes, best known for romantic period pieces such as “Shakespeare in Love” and “Elizabeth,” has been a regular on Hulu’s dystopian drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Bernal, a recognizable face from “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Bad Education” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” last starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s twisted thriller “Old.” Hardwick’s notable credits include “Army of the Dead,” the Starz TV show “Power,” “Kick-Ass” and “Sorry to Bother You.”
Fiennes is represented by WME, The Artists Partnership, and Anonymous Content. Hardwick is represented by WME, Shelby Weiser at Sloan, Offer, Weber & Dern and Wolf Kasteler Public Relations. Bernal is repped by WME, The Lede Company, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman. Lopez is repped by Kevin Huvane at CCA and Robert S. Wallerstein at Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.