Keke Palmer Has Signed On To Star In A Thriller Based On A True Story About Slavery
Keke Palmer is pushing forward with her efforts to speak out on behalf of Black women and the Black Lives Matter movement. In recent weeks, fans of the “Hustlers” actress have watched as she took part in protests around the recent deaths of Black people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. She’s captivated crowds and users online with her words and call for justice.
Now she’s setting out to captivate us once again. This time with her latest role.
Palmer is due to star in and executive produce a character-driven thriller inspired by the life of a woman of servitude in the 1800s.
According to Deadline, Palmer will play the titular role of the movie called Alice which is being directed by Krystin Ver Linden. In a report about the new film, Deadline explained that “The character-driven thriller is inspired by the true events of a woman of servitude in 1800s Georgia, who escapes the 55 acre confines of her captor to discover the shocking reality that exists beyond the tree line… it’s 1973.”
Peter Lawson, the executive producer for John Wick and Spotlight is producing the film alongside executive producers Jose Agustin Valdes and Luisa Fernanda Espinosa of Steel Springs Pictures.
In an interview about her newest role, Palmer explained that “So many films that depict this time in our history are rooted in victimization of the black female lead. This story is the opposite and that’s what attracted me to Krystin’s perspective. It tackles the harsh realities of slavery and white supremacy while also offering inspiration and vindication through the story of Alice’s journey. I don’t want anyone to leave the theater feeling debilitated, I want them to feel empowered.”
The film pairs Palmer with a debut film director, Linden, who is also a newbie screenwriter.
Linden recently wrote the script Love in Vain, a biopic about blues music pioneer Robert Johnson. The project was recently picked up by Paramount with Oscar-winning Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse director.
Speaking about Palmer’s contribution to the film, Linden described the actress as a “prodigious talent and the perfect choice to step into the title role of Alice. This is such an important and emotional project, and when we saw Keke’s passion and vision for this woman and her story, we knew she was the one. With Krystin at the helm, we look forward to seeing her transform into this phenomenal character and bring her riveting story to life.”
The movie will start filming in August in Georgia and boy are we excited! Palmer has proven herself to be a major advocate of the BLM movement, so there’s no doubt she will exercise good judgment and creativity while taking part in the production.