Kelly Marie Tran is working on a biopic about one of her close friends, civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen.
Star Wars and Rhea and the Last Dragon The actor plays Nguyen in the feature that will portray her transformation from a survivor of college sexual assault to a survivors rights activist, including writing the Survivors Bill of Rights (which inspired the passage of federal law ) and created the civil rights accelerator Rise. Earlier this month, Nguyen attended a UN meeting where the General Assembly passed a resolution for justice for survivors of sexual violence, which Rise helped support.
“Amanda’s activism has transformed billions of lives over the years as she continues to make our world safer for survivors of sexual assault everywhere,” Tran said in a statement. “Her courage inspires me every day, and I’m honored to help tell her story.”
IMPORTANT PRODUCTION and Madica Productions, a production company founded by Sunshine Sachs alumnus Jeff Tahler, are collaborating on the project, which is in the early stages of development. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year for Best Short Film (All the Ravens in the World), in talks to write and direct.
Significant Nina Yang Bongiovi, Tahler and Nguyen will be producing, while Tran will be through the Antigravity Production Academy, where she and Flag shared by Raya director Carlos López Estrada. Key Forest Whitaker and Shawn Sachs of Sunshine Sachs will executive produce.
Billions of survivors around the world are working hard to have our voices heard and our rights recognized,” Nguyen said in a statement. “The story is that we tell ourselves dreams is possible way. Social stigma silences rape survivors. My story is not just me. I have heard from countless survivors of the strength they gain from hearing other survivors share their stories. I hope this makes them feel less alone. I thank Kelly for her friendship, her understanding of our shared Vietnamese-American heritage and her belief that this is a story worth telling.
Tran by M, CAA and Goodman Genow. Both Madica and salience are proxied by WME.