I’d actually forgotten all about this flick; glad to know it has a theatrical future.
Making its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival last year, was “The Keeping Room,” a feature film, you might recall, 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 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.
Sam Worthington and Kyle Soller co-star.
“The Keeping Room” is directed by Daniel Barber, from a script written by Julia Hart.
Announced late last year, Drafthouse Films acquired North American distribution rights for the film, to release theatrically in 2015, as well as on VOD and digital platforms. Per the first trailer embedded below, an October run is eyed, although no exact date in October is given.
We also learn that the film will be released with an R rating.
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 at TIFF last year, 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.
Check out the first trailer for “The Keeping Room” below: