Making its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival 3 of months ago, was “The Keeping Room,” a feature film Nicole Beharie was initially attached to co-star in (when the project was first announced in late 2012), but she exited, and was replaced by Muna Otaru.
Otaru co-stars in the Civil War drama titled “The Keeping Room,” alongside Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld, in a film that tells the story of 3 Southern women (2 of them sisters, and the third, their long-silent family slave) who are forced to defend their home in the last days of the war, against a large group of soldiers who have broken off from the Union Army.
Marling and Steinfeld play the sisters, while Otaru plays the slave (a role that Beharie was initially tapped to for).
Sam Worthington and Kyle Soller co-star.
“The Keeping Room” is directed by Daniel Barber, from a script written by Julia Hart.
Announced today, Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights for the film, to release theatrically in 2015, as well as on VOD and digital platforms.
Anonymous Content, Wind Dancer Films, Gilbert Films are all producers.
The project has been described as “cinematic, thrilling and dangerous,” and full of “profound themes.”
Zeba Blay reviewed it for S&A, calling it “a necessary addition to on screen depictions of the American Civil War,” praising it for its noteworthy depictions of women characters. Read her review here.
Muna Otaru’s past credits include appearances in “Syriana,” “Lions for Lambs,” and “Rendition” on the big screen. She also featured in episodes of “Lost” and “The Wire” on the small screen.
Her role in “The Keeping Room” just might be one that increases awareness of her and her talent, and the first clip from the film – a tense one, somewhat reminiscent of a similar moment from “In the Heat of the Night,” although entirely different eras (about 100 years apart) and relationships – embedded below, gives viewers a glimpse at what to expect.