Netflix ‘From Scratch’ Zoe Saldana Limited Series: What We Know So Far


Netflix is ​​establishing itself as the premier storyteller of stories based on real experiences of real people and the upcoming limited series titled From Scratch is another example. Based on the successful memoir by Tembi Locke and starring Zoe Saldana, From zero will tell the story of a woman who experiences love, the death of a loved one, grief and hope throughout the series.

Locke’s sister Penthouse Locke (Empire, when they see us), will serve as showrunner and executive producer with Zoe Saldana and her sisters Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana. Actress and producer Reese Witherspoon also produces through her production company Hello Sunshine.

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Author Tembi Locke said:

“Attica and I are honored to adapt From Scratch with visionary Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter, Richard Abate and the incredibly gifted Zoe Saldana. We have a common interest in championing stories that bring a rich tapestry of experiences to the world. I’m delighted that this global love affair has found a perfect home at Netflix.

Saldana added:

“It’s a true and deep story of love and family, of deprivation and food, which must come to life on screen as Tembi Locke brought to life for me on the page. We are grateful to Netflix and delighted to be working with Reese, Lauren, Attica and 3 Arts on this wonderful project.

Witherspoon also added:

“Tembi’s Memoirs are a raw and tender display of life in all of his pieces. She makes you discover her love, her loss and her resilience with so much vulnerability and strength. We immediately fell in love with Attica and Tembi’s vision and feel honored to have the opportunity to help bring it to life on screen. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner for this than Zoe and Her Sisters and 3 Arts Entertainment, as well as the amazing team at Netflix.

Most episodes of From zero will be directed by Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director Nzingha stewart (Little fires everywhere, big girl).


Here’s everything we know about Netflix From zero:

What is the plot of From zero?

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As mentioned above, Netflix’s From Scratch will be based on the real-life experiences and family of author Tembi Locke, as recounted in his autobiography published in May 2019.

Here is a description of the book:

A poignant and transporting intercultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where a woman discovers the healing powers of food, family and unexpected grace in her darkest hour. It was love at first sight when Tembi met the professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, continue. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of a lifetime: a baby girl whom they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro’s family as he faces a dreadful cancer that will consume all of their dreams. De Scratch recounts three summers that Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in her small farming hamlet in her hometown. Where Tembi was once distant from Saro’s family and her origins, she now finds solace and nourishment, literally and spiritually, at her stepmother’s table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh foods, the embrace of a tight-knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that lead the way.

Here’s a quick recap of the series’ plot:

From Scratch is an autobiographical romance that follows an American woman as she falls in love with a Sicilian man while studying abroad in Italy, then builds a life with him in the United States. When she unexpectedly loses him to illness, she is challenged to overcome grief so that she can raise their daughter as they would have raised her together: with hope, joy, and infinite love.

Who is thrown From zero?

This next limited series will be directed by Zoe Saldana whose recent credits include Avatar and its four suites, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Star Trek and also the next Netflix movie The Adam project. Saldana will play Amy Wheeler, the main protagonist of the series.

She will be joined by a massive cast of other actors including Danielle Deadwyler (Watchmen, the more they fall), Keith david (Greenleaf, Welcome to the Blumhouse), Kellita smith (Bernie Mac’s show, Z Nation), Judith Scott (White dear, snowfall), Lucie Sardo (Nastro d’Argento, Picciridda), Paride Benassai (Felicia Impastato, La Fuitina Sbagliata), Roberta rigano (I know it’s true), Terrell Carter (Empire), Rahimi medallion (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jonathan del arco (Star Trek: Picard), Pierre Mendoza (Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles), Lorenzo Pozzan (Catch-22) and Jonathan d king (Joke).

What is the state of production of From zero?

Filming for Netflix From zero was not very long: it started on April 5, 2021 and ended on August 7, 2021.

Filming was first carried out in Los Angeles, United States and then in Florence, Italy, starting in July.

As of November 2021, the limited series is still in post-production.

How many episodes will be in From zero?

by netflix From zero is a limited series that will run for eight one-hour episodes.

What is the Netflix release date From zero?

Netflix has not set an official release date for From zero, but we’re confident it’ll be in the first half of 2022 given that filming is complete and the episodes are now in post-production.