Kerry Washington to star in, produce film adapation of ‘Rockaway’

The actress is set to star and produce in the adaptation based on the popular memoir from Diane Cardwell

Jared Alexander

Since her hit series Scandal ended in 2018, Washington has enjoyed a number of juicy roles on television, from her Emmy-nominated stint in Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu to her roles in Netflix’s American Son and The Prom.

Now, she’s heading back to the streamer for what looks like another success.

The film’s official description from the press release, reads, “On a routine assignment, a Manhattan journalist unexpectedly discovers the transcendent power of surfing, and finds herself running from the comfortable life she’s always known towards a life of romance and self-discovery in eclectic Rockaway Beach.”

Rockaway was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and was named by Outside Magazine as one of the Best Adventure Travel Books of the Year.

The screenplay for the film adaptation will be written by NAACP Image Award winner Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Truth Be Told). The film will be produced by Liza Chasin’s 3dot Productions, Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street, and Aevitas Entertainment, with Cardwell herself set as executive producer.

Washington will also lead the upcoming Netflix film The School For Good And Evil, an adaptation of a young adult novel. Charlize Theron will co-star and the project will be directed by Paul Feig.

Per Deadline, “The plot of the bestselling six-book series centers on best friends Sophie and Agatha, who discover where fairytale legacies go to school: the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains.