We now know a little more about one of the 2 new projects she’s attached to, that were announced last week, as well as the character she’ll be playing.
True Blood’s Rutina Wesley was said to be in negotiations to star in a drama titled Last Weekend, directed by Tom Dolby and Tom Williams, which centers on the the changes characters in a family home undergo, during their last weekend there.
It was reported that Wesley would join Patricia Clarkson in the films, which is all we knew at the time.
We’ve learned today, that:
– the film is actually a dark comedy;
– that is also stars Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross, Devon Graye, Jayma Mays, Chris Mulkey, and Alexia Rasmussen;
– that he film takes place over a four-day summer holiday at Celia and Malcolm Green’s Northern California estate (played by Clarkson and Mulkey), where their two sons (Cross and Booth) and their friends have been invited for a long weekend. And further, as a series of events disturbs Celia’s carefully planned festivities, the future of the family and the house becomes uncertain.
– Devon Graye portrays a boyfriend to one of the sons (Booth). Jayma Mays plays a popular TV actress and friend of one of the sons (Booth); Alexia Rasmussen is the girlfriend of Cross, and Rutina Wesley plays a character named Nora Finley-Perkins, described as a young studio executive. Although we don’t know how her character is related to the others, and what her involvement in the story is.
Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) is producing Last Weekend.
The second project that was announced last week was a thriller titled Angry Little Gods, to be directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism).
Wesley would play the fiancee to the star of the film, Mark Webber, who’s involved in a game that could win him a substantial sum of money, or cost him his life (she doesn’t know that he’s playing this game by the way).
As for what’s immediately on Rutina’s slate, IMDB lists a drama called California Winter on her page, which she co-stars in along with Michael Ironside; it lists a 2012 release date, but no month.
Rutina’s relatively short onscreen career has seen her work primarily in television. Her last feature film performance was in 2007’s How She Move. It would be great to see her utilized in a variety of roles.