Letitia Wright, Michael K. Williams to star in civil war drama ‘Surrounded’
The story is told 'from the eyes of a Black female during the Wild West.'
Letitia Wright, Michael K. Williams and Jamie Bell have been tapped to star in the upcoming civil war drama Surrounded from acclaimed music video director Anthony Mandler.
The project is a collaboration between Blackhand Media and BRON Studios, and will begin production next month, Shadow and Act reports.
Here’s the synopsis:
Five years after the Civil War, former Buffalo Soldier Moses “Mo” Washington travels West to lay claim on a gold mine bequeathed by her late slaveowner father. It is a mean, dangerous world for an unaccompanied Black woman and so Mo travels into the deep frontier disguised as a man. After her stagecoach is ambushed, she is tasked with holding a dangerous outlaw captive and must survive the day when the bandit’s gang tries to free him.
BRON will co-produce with Blackhand Media Production, in association with Mandalay Pictures, 3.16 Productions and Creative Wealth Media, per Deadline.
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“I couldn’t be more excited that Surrounded is the first film under my partnership with Aaron L. Gilbert’s BRON and the Blackhand Media banner,” said Mandler. “I’ve always loved the Western genre and the opportunity to tell this story from the eyes of a black female during the Wild West is an honor.”
Meanwhile, Mandler’s feature film directorial debut Monster, based on the bestselling novel by Walter Dean Meyers, will debut on Netflix in 2021. The film stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., John David Washington and Jeffrey Wright, and centers on a teenager accused of participating in a murder committed during a robbery.
Netflix has also picked up Washington’s Born to Be Murdered a thriller, set to drop next year. The film follows a vacationing couple who get caught up in a violent conspiracy, per THR.
Meanwhile, Black Panther star Letitia Wright has joined the critically acclaimed British anthology drama I Am.
“Collaborating with Dominic Savage has been an amazing experience. His unique and sensitive style of directing has stretched me as an artist. I’m so proud that we came together on a story that we both felt was important to explore & share with the world,” said Wright in a press release.
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