Eugenio Mastrandrea cast opposite Zoe Saldana as Netflix finalizes cast for 'From Scratch'

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Eugenio Mastrandrea cast opposite Zoe Saldana as Netflix finalizes cast for 'From Scratch'

Netflix is bringing 'From Scratch', Tembi Locke’s bestselling memoir. The series adaptation is being realised by Locke's sister Attica with Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine production house backing the project. While Eugenio Mastrandrea (The Girl from Last Century) has been cast as the male lead opposite Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), the others joining the cast are Danielle Deadwyler (Watchmen, The Harder They Fall), Keith David (Greenleaf, Welcome to the Blumhouse), Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show, Z Nation), Judith Scott (Dear White People, Snowfall), Lucia Sardo (Nastro d'Argento, Picciridda), Paride Benassai (Felicia Impastato, La Fuitina Sbagliata) and Roberta Rigano (I Know This Much Is True).  

The story revolves around an African American woman who falls in love with a Sicilian chef (Mastrandrea) while studying abroad in Florence and goes on to build a life with him in Los Angeles, merging two seemingly opposite cultures. 

Talking about the adaptation by Netflix Tembi Locke stated, "After more than a year of isolation, separation, and loss, and it is beautiful and even fortuitous to share a story that embraces the richness of nature, food, love, and travel – the things we have all been denied. I hope the series will nourish our souls, inspire creativity, and, of course, remind us of the magical ways food can express love." 

Zoe Saldana plays Amy Wheeler, a young woman from Texas who arrives wide-eyed in Italy, searching for a life full of beauty and adventure. An unexpected romance with a charming Sicilian, Lino, teaches her to live a life full of love and passion for romance, art, and food. 

Eugenio Mastrandrea plays Lino, a Sicilian chef who grew up translating literature at night, after spending days picking garlic and olives with his father in the fields of Sicily and learning to cook at his mother’s stove. Lino broke 100 years of tradition by leaving the fields of Sicily to become a chef. It’s through the love of his wife that he’s able to fulfil his dream of dreams before the end of his life.

Danielle Deadwyler plays Zora, Amy's older sister and best friend. Although she sometimes resents her baby sister for getting their parents to go along with her rule-breaking she also lovingly cheers her on. With wry humour, she is Amy’s fiercest ally in the family.

Keith David plays Hershel,  former civil rights activist, and Amy’s father. Hershel is a plainspoken man who lets his kids make their own decisions but doesn’t bullshit them if he thinks they’re about to make a mistake. He raised two headstrong young women. Though happily remarried, his divorce from Amy’s mom is a wound he still carries. 

Kellita Smith plays Lynn, Amy’s bitingly funny mother full of judgment about almost every aspect of her daughter’s life. Lynn gave Hershel custody of the girls after they divorced and has spent the last decade feeling guilty and regretting this decision.

Judith Scott plays Maxine, Herschel’s wife, and Amy’s stepmother. Maxine practically raised Amy and Zora during their teen years, and her commitment to them is unwavering. 

Lucia Sardo plays Filomena, Lino’s mother. Filomena is deeply bound by Sicily's Old World culture but is adept at finding clever ways to work around the patriarchal hierarchy of her country and her marriage. 

Paride Benassai plays Giacomo, Lino’s father. This man with a grade school education devoted his life to garlic and olive farming and provided for his family; he is a proud patriarch who disapproves of his son not taking over the family business.  

Roberta Rigano plays Lino’s sister, Biagia. She feels abandoned by Lino but also proud of his accomplishments by leaving home. She is also hurt and angry with herself for all the ways acquiescing to the patriarchal order cost her joy and a different life she could have had.


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