Octavia Spencer is attached to star in SEACOLE, a period biopic about a pioneering Jamaican doctress who battled prejudice to play a key role in the Crimean War, rivaling Florence Nightingale.
Mary Seacole, a Jamaican-born woman of Scottish and Creole descent, who paid her own passage to the to the Crimean Peninsula to set up a “British Hotel” behind the lines during the Crimean War.
The Charlie Stratton directed film was written by scribes Dianne Houston and Marnie Dickens, directed by Brunson Green and will be produced and financed by Umedia.
This film comes in a long line of revolutionary films Spencer has appeared in throughout her career. Her credits include The Help, Fruitvale Station, Snowpiercer, Get On Up, and her newest film, Black Or White in which she stars opposite Kevin Costner. Green, who previously worked with Spencer on the set of The Help, said both the role and the actress go hand in hand.
“Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming woman, and, knowing Octavia and her immense talent, there is no one better to embody this impressive and courageous historical figure.”
Spencer is represented by WME.
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Olivia Diaz | Film Journalist