He is best known for his leading role in 12 Years a Slave and recently released Lockdown and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Variety confirmed Emilia Clarke would play Rachel while Ejiofor Chiwetel would play her husband, Alvy.
In the film, the couple intends to take the next step in their relationship and have a child together, but not naturally. As a tech career woman, Rachel gains access to technology that allows couples to share the side effects of pregnancy via detachable wombs.
Ejiofor’s character is a botanist who is hesitant about this procedure but is willing to do anything out of love for his wife. While the premise of The Pod Generation seems to be based on technology that doesn’t exist if ever, this movie is only set in the near future.
What is intriguing is that the filmmakers have chosen to explore this subject matter in the context of a rom-com, which will undoubtedly be a strange mix with a sci-fi narrative.
The film’s director, Sophia Bartes, has commented on the infinite amount of “comedic material” that can come from the “idea of the artificial womb as either doom or liberation for women.
It’s refreshing to see a female director behind the helm of a rom-com centered on an issue as sensitive as reproduction and childbearing in marriage. With stars like Clarke and Ejiofor in the spotlight, it certainly has the potential to be a cinema hit. Filming begins in March 2022, so The Pod Generation will likely hit theatres or streaming platforms in 2023.
Israel Olorunnisola is a freelance creative. When he is not writing about Film, Music, TV or Pop culture he is telling stories on Wattpad.
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