Actor Kelly Marie Tran will star and produce a biopic on Amanda Nguyen, a social entrepreneur and civil rights activist.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor is developing the film with Significant Productions and Madica Productions. The untitled film will see Nguyen’s transformation from a survivor of college sexual assault to an activist for survivors’ rights, including penning a Survivors’ Bill of Rights (which inspired the federal law passed in 2016) and founding the civil rights accelerator Rise.
Tran, also known for lending voice to Raya and the Last Dragon, said she is fortunate to bring Nguyen’s story to the big screen.
In a statement, Tran said, “Over the years, Amanda’s activism has changed the lives of billions, as she continues to make our world safer for sexual assault survivors everywhere. Her courage inspires me every day, and I am honoured to help tell her story.”
Nguyen said she is “deeply grateful” to Tran and the production banners for telling not only her story but also the story of billions of survivors across the world. “Stories are how we tell ourselves dreams are possible. Societal stigma silences rape survivors. My story is not mine alone. I hear from countless survivors the strength they gain from hearing other survivors share their story. My hope is that this will make them feel less alone. I am grateful to Kelly for her friendship, for her understanding of our shared Vietnamese American heritage and for her belief that this is a story worth telling,” the activist added.
The project is in the initial stage of development, and Tang Yi, the winner of the Palme d’Or for best short film at Cannes last year for All the Crows in the World, is in talks to write and direct it.