Zoe-SaldanaAvatar and Star Trek Into Darkness star Zoe Saldana has been cast as Rosemary in NBC’s planned remake of Rosemary’s Baby, the 1967 novel by Ira Levin which was originally adapted for the big screen by Roman Polanski. Mia Farrow previously took on the title role.

The four-hour miniseries moves the story from New York to Paris (where it will also be filmed) and focuses the on the iconic young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband, moves into a Paris apartment that has a darkly-storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbours have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

Academy Award-nominated director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) is set to direct, and Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story) are penning the screenplay.

“Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel,” Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment said in a press release issued yesterday. “With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event mini-series is off to a great start.”

Saldana’s next major role will be as Gamora in Marvel Studios and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.