Following his second Oscar win in three years, Mahershala Ali has found his next project. The actor, who voiced Aaron Davis (The Prowler) in 2018's Best Animated Film winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, has signed on for the sci-fi film Sovereign.
According to Variety, Sovereign has a solid team behind-the-camera, with Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen, the team behind Stranger Things and Arrival, producing it. Mark Munden (Utopia) will direct the film with a script by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place).
“We have long loved this project and have been patiently waiting until we found the right leading actor, which we no doubt have found in the incredibly talented Mahershala Ali,” eOne’s President of Film, Nick Meyer, said in a statement. “The cast is clearly shaping up well and is backed by a creative team with a proven track record and the ability to tell a story that will resonate with audiences around the world.”
Mahershala Ali won his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor this year for the movie Green Book, which itself won the Oscar for Best Picture. Two years ago, Ali won his first Oscar for his performance in the movie Moonlight.
On top of those movie roles, he also appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as Uncle Aaron, Miles Morales' beloved uncle who turned out to be The Prowler. Ali's first movie of 2019 was the Robert Rodriguez sci-fi action flick, Alita: Battle Angel.
Ali also just wrapped up the third season of HBO's True Detective, where he played the lead character, Detective Wayne Hays, who he portrayed over three different time periods stretching over 35 years. He also appeared in season 1 of Luke Cage on Netflix as Cottonmouth.
Sovereign is directed by Mark Munden, with a script by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Mahershala Ali stars in the movie, which does not yet have a release date.