Hot off the rousing success of Girls Trip, Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah has signed on to star in Alcon Entertainment’s inspirational true-life drama HOPE’S WISH, it was announced Monday by Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) will direct from a script by Oscar winner Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain), who adapted Stuart and Shelby Stout’s non-fiction book “Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True.”
Hope’s Wish is based on the moving true story of Hope Stout, a precocious 12 year-old girl who, when diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, sets out on a mission to fund the wishes of 155 other health-challenged children with the help of dedicated Make-A-Wish Foundation executive Toni Dubois (Latifah) and the community of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Los Angeles-based finance and production company Torridon/16:14 will finance as well as produce alongside Alcon after the two companies previously collaborated on Blade Runner 2049. Walden Media is set to produce alongside Steven P. Wegner and Val Hill and Yale Badik of Torridon/16:14. Kosove and Johnson will executive produce the film, which will be released by Warner Bros. via Alcon’s output deal with the studio. Production starts April 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Queen Latifah is an Oscar-nominated actress who has also won a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Grammy Award. In addition to Girls Trip, her feature credits include Chicago, Set It Off, The Bone Collector and the Ice Age franchise, as well as the HBO film Bessie. She’s represented by CAA, Shakim Compere and Randi Michel, and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
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