Deadline is reporting that Keke Palmer is set to executive produce and star as the titular character in Alice, which is being written and directed by Krysten Ver Linden, marking her directorial debut.
Alice will be a character-driven thriller inspired by the true events of a woman of servitude in 1800’s Georgia, who escapes the 55 acre confines of her captor to discover the shocking reality that exists beyond the tree line…it’s 1973.
Keke Palmer released a statement saying:
So many films that depict this time in our history are rooted in victimisation 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 theatre feeling debilitated, I want them to feel empowered.
Producer Peter Lawson released a statement, adding:
Keke is 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 project is also set to be executive produced by Jose Agustin Valdes and Luisa Fernanda Espinosa of Steel Springs Pictures, with filming set to commence in Georgia sometime in August of this year.