After starring in Hulu’s zombie movie Little Monsters, Lupita Nyong’o is poised to encounter some bigger monsters, as the Oscar-winning actress is in final negotiations to star in Paramount’s horror prequel-cum-spinoff A Quiet Place: Day One.
Michael Sarnoski (Pig) will direct from his own screenplay, which is based on an original idea by John Krasinski, who directed the first two films, and is also slated to direct a third entry in the main AQP franchise that is slated for release in 2025. Day One, however, will arrive a year earlier, as it currently has a release date of March 8, 2024.
Krasinski also starred alongside his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, and while it’s entirely possible that one or both of them could cameo at the end of this film, neither is expected to appear as of now.
Naturally, plot details — and Nyongo’s role — are being kept under wraps, but apparently Paramount is hoping to set up an entire Quiet Place universe with this film, rather than deliver another contained story like that of the Abbott family in the main franchise.
The prequel will once again be produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes, as well as Krasinski, whose Sunday Night producing partner Allyson Seeger will serve as an executive producer. The first two films in the franchise grossed $340 million worldwide and $297 million, respectively.
Nyong’o won an Oscar for her supporting turn in 12 Years a Slave, and she will soon be seen reprising her role as Nakia in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is set to dominate the box office on Nov. 11. She is represented by CAA, and Deadline broke the news of her casting in A Quiet Place: Day One.