Zendaya and John David Washington Shot a Secret Movie During Quarantine

Mahlik Campbell

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Real Gs move in silence like lasagna. 🤫

While most of Hollywood and the world was in limbo due to the coronavirus, Zendaya and John David Washington were somehow able to film an entire movie without making a peep.

According to a report from Deadline, the two actors secretly connected with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson for a full-length feature titled Malcolm & Marie that was shot between June 17 and July 2 at the Caterpillar House in Carmel, California.

Via Deadline & Joe Fletcher

Sitting on 33 acres of land, the house is described as an "environmentally conscious glass architectural marvel" that turned out to be the perfect setting for the "emotion and choreography" of the movie, while also providing enough privacy.

Following HBO's decision to pause production on the second season of Euphoria in mid-March, Zendaya, who plays the main character Rue in the series, asked Levinson whether he'd be able to write and direct a movie in lockdown. Only six days later, the 35-year-old concocted Malcolm & Marie.

Among the executive producers and financiers of the film, which includes Zendaya and Washington, is Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi.

Via Deadline & Joe Fletcher

Producers worked with lawyers and doctors to create a safe production environment, requiring all those involved to take multiple COVID-19 tests and lay low in a two-week quarantine before filming started.

When two-week shoot finally arrived, cast and crew members followed myriad precautions, like always wearing masks; eating food in designated areas from a chef who had been in quarantine; rehearsing in parking lots; limiting people on set to a dozen or less; twice-daily temperature checks; keeping their nails short and not leaving the property.

Cast members were also responsible for handling their own costumes and mic-ing themselves.

Though the plot for Malcolm & Marie has yet to be revealed, it's reportedly in the lane of Netflix's Oscar-nominated Marriage Story with the inclusion of several relevant "social themes."