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The cast and crew took COVID-19 tests and were not allowed to leave Monterey county.

Last night, Zendaya posted this photo announcing that she’s starring in a movie called Malcolm & Marie alongside John David Washington.

Though the plot is still unknown, Deadline reports that the movie is somewhat akin to Marriage Story and was filmed secretly during the pandemic, which may be the first feature film to do so.

The movie was filmed between June 17 – July 2 on private property at the Caterpillar House in Monterey County which provided them adequate space to film and distance from the world.

‘Malcolm & Marie’ was filmed at Caterpillar House, an “environmentally-conscious glass architectural marvel in Carmel, CA – all compliant with WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA approvals and COVID-19 safety protocols.” (via Deadline)

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The Caterpillar House in on 33 acres of land in Carmel, CA.

The movie was written within six days by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson after Zendaya asked if he could write a movie while Euphoria was suspended due to the pandemic.


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John David Washington got the role because Levinson kept envisioning him as the perfect match for Zendaya for the film.


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To ensure health and safety, the cast and crew took several COVID tests and quarantined in Monterey for two weeks before filming.


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The cast and crew were not allowed to leave and had separate places to live in.

They had their temperature taken twice a day, rehearsed in the parking lot, wore masks, and ate meals made by a chef who’d been quarantined with them.


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Meals were wrapped individually and served with disposable plates and cutlery.

Only 12 or less people were on set at a time and crew members could only be in close proximity to the actors if they wore protective equipment.


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The actors and crew were separated from each other extensively. They were separately transported to set in SUVs and cast members had to mic themselves and take care of their own costumes.

All of this gives an idea of some precautions that will be taken for making TV and movies in the near future.

Now, what we need next is a trailer or, at least, to know the plot line!

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