Fantastic Beasts star joins Sean Penn in paramedic thriller

Fantastic Beasts star Katherine Waterston joins the cast of paramedic thriller Black Flies, directed by Oscar winner Sean Penn.

fantastic beasts star Katherine Waterston joins cast of paramedic thriller black flies alongside Sean Penn. Waterston is known for her role as Tina Goldstein in the fantastic beasts franchise, as well as to play Emma Harrow on Boardwalk Empire. She will then be seen in Perry Mason season 2 and Babylon. Penn, meanwhile, won two Best Actor Oscars for his roles in the mystical river and Milk.

Now Deadline reveals Waterston will star alongside Penn in black flies, a new thriller that follows the impact of their intense work on the personal lives of paramedics. Penn will play Gene Rutkovsky, a veteran paramedic known as one of New York’s best. Tye Sheridan also stars as Ollie Cross, a green paramedic with an ethical heart and ambitions to go to medical school. It’s not yet known exactly how Waterston’s role intersects with Penn and Sheridan’s, but a full quote from producer Warren Goz on Waterston’s addition to black flies can be read below:


We are thrilled to have Katherine aboard Black Flies. Black Flies is an authentic story about the impact of a first responder’s job on his personal life. We’ve assembled a cast of some of the best actors in the world to portray this important story. Katherine’s incredible work playing the most authentic roles makes her the perfect fit for Black Flies.

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black flies is written by Ryan King and Ben Mac Brown. Based on the 2008 novel by Shannon Burke, the film is directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. Waterston, Penn, and Sheridan certainly know how to put in the time and effort to make their characters come across as authentic, three-dimensional people. However, the chemistry between the characters is also important. Viewers will have to see if the three elevate each other’s performances, as well as if their efforts will be powerful enough to pay tribute to the paramedics who save lives every day when black flies raw.

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Sources: Deadline

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