EXCLUSIVE: Emma Roberts (Madame Web) will exec produce and star in Space Cadet, a new rom-com from Stampede Ventures, which enters production this month. Also now aboard the film from writer-director Liz W. Garcia (The Lifeguard) is Prime Video, which will distribute it internationally.
Space Cadet follows the Florida party girl Rex (Roberts), who turns out to be the only hope for the NASA space program, after a fluke puts her in training with other candidates who may have better resumes, but don’t have her smarts, heart and moxie.
Greg Silverman and Jon Berg will produce on behalf of Stampede Ventures, with Stampede’s Gideon Yu and Chris Bosco exec producing alongside Roberts, Garcia and Michael Tadross. Stampede Ventures will finance the pic, licensed by Prime Video in territories outside of the U.S. and Japan, with CAA’s Sarah Schweitzman co-repping additional territories alongside Stampede’s Bosco.
“Emma’s incredible wit and comedic timing perfectly embodies the role of REX, and Liz’s rendering of this character makes the female take-over of the STEM field so uniquely relatable and fun, and we hope it inspires young women interested in the field,” said Berg, who serves as President of Production at Stampede Ventures.
Roberts is currently in production on Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man offshoot Madame Web and previously starred opposite Luke Bracey in Netflix’s rom-com Holidate, directed by John Whitesell. The actress has also been seen in such films as The Hunt, Who We Are Now, Nerve, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Palo Alto, We’re the Millers, Empire State, Celeste & Jesse Forever, Scream 4 and It’s Kind of a Funny Story, among many others. Notable television credits include American Horror Story and Scream Queens. Roberts exec produced the popular Netflix series First Kill, and is also producing the upcoming Hulu series Tell Me Lies, based on Carola Lovering’s same-name novel, under her Belletrist TV banner.
Roberts is represented by CAA, Sweeney Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson