Zazie Beetz stars as “Van,” Earn’s best friend and mother of his daughter.
The German-born, American actress earned an Emmy®-nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Atlanta.
Recently, Beetz starred alongside Winston Duke in the Sony Pictures Classic’s feature Nine Days, an existential fantasy that ponders purgatory, the afterlife and the fate of unborn souls. The Edson Oda-directorial debut feature was released in theaters nationwide in August 2021, with The New York Times signifying Beetz and Duke as delivering “performances of the ages.” The film first premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and earned a nomination for the coveted Grand Jury Prize at the festival. The ensemble cast also includes Bill Skarsgård, Benedict Wong, Tony Hale and David Rysdahl.
Beetz played the infamous “Stagecoach Mary” in the first ever all-Black American Western feature film from Netflix, The Harder They Fall. Beetz starred alongside Jonathan Majors leading an all-star ensemble cast which includes Regina King, Idris Elba, LaKeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Damon Wayans Jr. and Danielle Deadwyler, among others. The Jeymes Samuel-directed debut feature film opened at the 2021 London Film Festival and was later released in theaters and on Netflix in November 2021.
In 2022, Beetz will appear in the highly-anticipated Colombia Pictures action film Bullet Train, directed by David Leitch. Beetz will be seen alongside an ensemble cast including Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon, Joey King and Brian Tyree Henry.
In 2019, Beetz appeared in the Oscar®-winning DC Comics’ thriller Joker alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro. The film premiered in competition at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, where it won the coveted Golden Lion Award, before receiving 11 Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture.
Recently, Beetz returned to the television screen in Jordan Peele’s anthology reboot of The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access. She appeared in the season finale, which premiered on May 30, 2019.
Among Beetz’s recent film credits include: Amazon’s Seberg, Searchlight Pictures’ Lucy in the Sky, Annapurna Pictures’ Wounds, Netflix’s High Flying Bird, Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Deadpool 2 opposite Ryan Reynolds and Sollers Point.
Beetz is a native New Yorker.