Fantastic Beasts Star Joins Sean Penn In Paramedic Thriller Movie

Fantastic Beasts star Katherine Waterston joins the cast of the paramedic thriller Black Flies alongside Sean Penn. Waterston is known for her role as Tina Goldstein in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, as well as for playing Emma Harrow on Boardwalk Empire. She’ll next be seen in Perry Mason season 2 and Babylon. Penn, meanwhile, has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in Mystic River and Milk.

Now Deadline reveals that Waterston will star alongside Penn in Black Flies, a new thriller that follows how the personal lives of paramedics are impacted by their intense work. Penn will play Gene Rutkovsky, a seasoned paramedic known as one of New York’s best. Tye Sheridan also stars as Ollie Cross, a green paramedic with an ethical heart and ambitions to go to medical school. How exactly Waterston’s role intersects with Penn’s and Sheridan’s is not yet known, but a full quote from producer Warren Goz on Waterston’s addition to Black Flies can be read below:

We are so excited to have Katherine on board Black Flies. Black Flies is an authentic story about how the impact the job of a first responder has on their personal lives. We have assembled a cast of some of the finest actors in the world to portray this important story. Katherine’s incredible body of work in playing the most authentic roles makes her the perfect fit for Black Flies.


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Black Flies is written by Ryan King and Ben Mac Brown. Based on the 2008 novel by Shannon Burke, the movie is directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. Waterston, Penn, and Sheridan certainly know how to dedicate time and effort to make their characters come across as authentic, three-dimensional people. However, chemistry between characters is also important. Viewers will have to see whether the three elevate each other’s performances, as well as whether their efforts will be powerful enough to pay homage to the hardworking paramedics that save lives every day when Black Flies premieres.

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Sources: Deadline