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Lashana Lynch lands next lead movie role after One Love success

Lashana Lynch has been cast in upcoming sci-fi thriller Optimize from director Lindsey Anderson Beer.

The Captain Marvel star, recently seen in biopic Bob Marley: One Love, is set to play the lead in the new movie. The character is described as an "average woman" who resorts to an AI assistant "to optimise all facets of her life, but soon finds that the AI's pursuit of perfection comes at too high a cost" (via Deadline).

Developed by Beer (Pet Sematary: Bloodlines), who studied artificial intelligence and robotics at Stanford, Optimized is produced by Paramount together with the filmmaker's company Lab Brew.

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Related: Is Kingsley Ben-Adir singing as Bob Marley in One Love?

Additional casting and plot details will be revealed in due course.

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As for Lynch, the No Time to Die actress recently sat down with Digital Spy to discuss playing Rita Marley in the biopic starring Kingsley Ben-Adir in the role of the musician.

"Strong Black women, that trope that is continuously wedged into these narratives in film," Lynch said, explaining she opted for a different approach to portray Rita.

"I realised with my breaking down of that trope that there's not only a vulnerability in her, but there's almost this childlike innocence when it comes to her love for Bob," she continued.

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Related: One Love's Kingsley Ben-Adir wanted to show "another side" to Bob Marley

Speaking about the way Back women are usually depicted on screen, Lynch reflected that these characters are not usually allowed to be soft.

"I think that's one thing that Black women don't often get to do in cinema, just be soft," she said. "I encouraged that a lot and hope that we could find the balance in every single scene."

Bob Marley: One Love is in cinemas now, whilst Optimize is yet to receive a release window.

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