According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to Chloe Zhao’s latest project. Her upcoming film “Nomadland” starring Frances McDormand is currently in the works. After wowing critics with “The Rider,” Zhao is heading back into the director’s chair. The film also features McDormand’s first role since winning her second Best Actress Oscar.
In “Nomadland,” McDormand plays a woman in her sixties who loses everything in the Great Recession. She then decides to embark on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling nomad.
The film also stars Oscar nominee David Strathairn and both Linda May and Charlene Swankie, two real people turned actors. In addition, “Nomadland” is based on a non-fiction book called “Nomadland: Surviving American in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder.
Fox Searchlight chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula said this in a statement to THR:
“We are thrilled to work with visionary filmmaker Chloe Zhao on Nomadland. Her unique voice, combined with the extraordinary talent of Frances McDormand, makes it an important and compelling story.”
Meanwhile, a statement from Chloe Zhao herself:
“As I fell in love with the American West, it was impossible not to become fascinated with the roads that lead to the many adventures beyond the horizon. I’m very fortunate to be able to hit the road with a talented team and collaborate with a cast of professional and non-professional actors who are deeply giving and inspiring. I can’t wait to share their stories and what we’ve discovered along the way.”
Since the film is already in production, it may be on track for a release date later this year.