Zendaya Secretly Filmed an Entire, Professional-Level Movie Amid the Coronavirus

Christopher Rosa

As coronavirus restrictions are starting to lift around the country, many eyes are on Hollywood—speculating on how the entertainment industry will resume productions on TV shows and movies. What safety regulations will be put in place? Is it even safe to resume filming? And also: Which movie or TV show will be the first to film and wrap in this new, socially distant world?   

We may have the answer to that last question: It turns out Zendaya secretly filmed and wrapped an entire movie amid the coronavirus pandemic. Don’t worry: A ton of strict safety regulations were put in place, the production team was lean, and everyone’s health and well-being were prioritized. 

According to Deadline, this all happened after Zendaya phoned up Euphoria creator Sam Levinson to see if he might be able to write and direct a film while in quarantine. After just six days, he birthed a script, Malcom & Marie, and production kicked off June 17. (It wrapped July 2.) The entire film was shot at the Caterpillar House, a glass-heavy property in Carmel, California, where all legal and coronavirus protocols were followed down to the letter. 

Not much is known about Malcom & Marie at this time. Per Deadline, it has a Marriage Story–esque vibe to it, and it stars Zendaya opposite actor John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman, Tenet). 

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Deadline outlines, in detail, many of the protocols put in place to make sure Malcom & Marie had a safe production. They include but are certainly not limited to: routine temperature checks, no outside food delivery, no physical contact, and no more than 12 people on set at any given time. 

This may be what the immediate future looks like for Hollywood. Studios and networks, take note—because Malcom & Marie seems to have gone off without a hitch. We’ll update this post with more information as it comes in. 

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