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    Cynthia Erivo to Topline and Produce Refugee Drama “Drift,” Alia Shawkat Will Additionally Star

    Cynthia Erivo and Alia Shawkat are becoming a member of forces for a movie about migration, trauma, and sudden connection. The pair are set to star in “Drift,” an adaptation of Alexander Maksik’s novel “A Marker to Measure Drift.” Erivo can be producing the drama through her Edith’s Daughter shingle. Deadline broke the information.

    “‘Drift’ follows a younger Liberian refugee named Jacqueline (Erivo) who has barely escaped her war-torn nation to a Greek island. She provides massages to vacationers in alternate for one or two euros to battle her starvation, whereas her day by day battle for survival retains the recollections that hang-out her at bay,” the supply describes. “She meets an unmoored tour information (Shawkat) and the 2 develop into shut as they every discover hope within the different.”

    The mission is now filming in Greece. Susanne Farrell (“Soiled God”) penned the screenplay alongside Maksik, whereas “Name Me By Your Title” collaborators Emilie Georges and Naima Abed function producer and exec producer, respectively. Solome Williams of Edith’s Daughter is producing as nicely.

    “’Drift’ is a compelling and deeply affecting story in regards to the energy of the human spirit through the worst of instances. It has been an emotional expertise creating this movie prior to now few years, notably through the difficult days of the pandemic,” stated director Anthony Chen (“Ilo Ilo”). “I’m thrilled to mark my English language characteristic debut working alongside the outstanding skills of Cynthia and Alia.”

    “Representing the immigrant expertise requires nuance, subtlety, and style,” Abed confused. “We couldn’t be prouder to have this unbelievable crew to convey this story to life.”

    Erivo, who was final seen in Apple TV+’s feminist anthology sequence “Roar,” acknowledged, “From the second I learn ‘Drift,’ I used to be moved by the uncommon duality of Jacqueline, who each painfully and hopefully represents the depths of the immigrant expertise, and particularly the black immigrant expertise overseas.” She added, “Sadly this topic turns into increasingly more related and well timed with every day. Too typically the expertise of immigrants is instructed by way of headlines, which don’t encapsulate the person’s humanity. My hope is that this mission can present their battle with the empathy and a spotlight it deserves.”

    In 2019, Erivo scored two Oscar nominations for Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet”: one for portraying the well-known abolitionist, and one other for co-writing and performing the movie’s theme track, “Stand Up.” She acquired an Emmy nomination for taking part in Aretha Franklin in the newest season of anthology sequence “Genius,” gained a Tony for her lead efficiency in Broadway’s “The Coloration Purple” revival, and snagged a Grammy for “The Coloration Purple’s” album. Erivo is about to play Elphaba within the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of “Depraved.” “Widows” and “The Outsider” are amongst her different display screen credit.

    Shawkat is greatest recognized for her work in “Arrested Growth” and “Search Occasion.” She has acquired three SAG nominations for the previous, and the latter, a style mashup following 4 horrible millennials, concluded its five-season run earlier this yr. Shawkat gained Tribeca Movie Pageant’s Finest Actress – U.S. Narrative Competitors prize for “Duck Butter,” which she co-wrote. You possibly can see her subsequent in “The Previous Man,” an FX sequence about an ex-CIA officer on the run that premieres June 16.

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