Last month, Deadline reported that endlessly idiosyncratic director Steven Soderbergh—Oceans 11, Let Them All Talk, and the movie we were all watching at this time last year, Contagion—is directing a new film for HBO Max. It stars Zoë Kravitz (also the new Catwoman). Now we know Kimi is set to shoot "in the streets of Seattle," the movie's unit publicist told me, and we have a bit more on the plot, because of an extras casting call that went out last week.
"When the city council of Seattle passes a 'safe zone' law aimed at restricting the movements of the homeless population, local activists take to the streets in protest," read the call from Rich King Casting, which also provided extras for a number of other Soderbergh’s movies. That caused some confusion, since Variety had already reported a different synopsis: "The film will center on an agoraphobic tech worker, played by Kravitz, who discovers recorded evidence of a violent crime during an ordinary data stream review and tries reporting it up the chain of command at her company. Met with resistance and bureaucracy, she realizes that in order to get involved, she will have to do the thing she fears the most—leave her apartment."
The two have since been combined, casting director Kelly Hunt told me, to better reflect that the protest aspect is a sub-plot: "An agoraphobic tech worker must venture out of her home and into protest-filled Seattle streets when she suspects she has evidence of a violent crime." The movie has already started shooting in Los Angeles, but it's set here and will have "most of the bigger scenes in Seattle," Hunt says. And it takes place amid Covid, so expect masks on those extras.
Deadline has also reported that David Koepp—who’s largely scribed blockbuster screenplays for movies like Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible—wrote the script, and Jacob Vargas, Jamie Camil, Derek DelGaudio, and Byron Bowers round out the cast.
According to the Kimi casting hotline on its Facebook page, the movie production will come to Seattle at the end of April and continue through May. If you want to be an extra, it pays $133.52 for an eight-hour day plus overtime and $50 for a requisite Covid test.
This article was updated on March 31 with comments from Kelly Hunt.