Sophie Barthes' Emilia Clarke-Starrer 'The Pod Generation' Lands at Roadside Attractions, Vertical


Emilia Clarke says goodbye to the distant past in King's Landing and hello to the near future in “The Pod Generation,” a sci-fi story in which the Emmy-nominated “Game of Thrones” alum explores fertility technology. In a press release, it was announced that Roadside Attractions and Vertical have secured North American rights to the Sundance winner.

Written and directed by Sophie Barthes, The Pod Generation is set in a world where “AI is all the rage and technology has trumped nature in almost all aspects of life” and follows Rachel (Clarke) and Alvy (Chiwetel Ejiofor , “12 Years a Slave”), “a New York couple ready to start a family.” As an aspiring technology company executive, Rachel lands a coveted spot at the Womb Center, which offers couples the opportunity to manage pregnancy through mobile, to share artificial wombs or pods more equally. Alvy, a botanist and staunch nature purist, has doubts, but his love for Rachel causes him to take a leap of faith. And so begins the wild ride on her tech-enabled journey to parenthood,” the source teases.

“Sophie Barthes has an extraordinary ability to create films that use alternative realities to reflect the way we live now and where we might be in the not-too-distant future,” said Howard Cohen and Eric, co-presidents by Roadside Attractions d'Arbeloff. “Emilia and Chiwetel deliver incredible performances that combine humor and heart, portraying a couple at odds with the path set for them by the Big Tech overlords.”

“The Pod Generation” premiered at Sundance in January and won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. The film is scheduled to hit theaters this summer.

Clarke rose to fame for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones and received four Emmy nominations for her performance in the HBO hit. Her other performances include “Last Christmas” and “Me Before You.”

Barthes previously directed the feature films “Madame Bovary” and “Cold Souls.”

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