‘A Quiet Place’ Star Millicent Simmonds to Play Helen Keller in Biopic – The Hollywood Reporter

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Millicent Simmonds, the deaf star of A Quiet Place Part 1 and a couple of and Wonderstruck, is teaming up with Emmy-winning Marvelous Mrs. Maisel lead Rachel Brosnahan for Helen & Teacher, set to inform the story of famed deaf, blind and incapacity rights activist Helen Keller.

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The film comes from Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice, Colette, Earthquake Bird) and can see Simmonds — truly a distant cousin of Keller’s — play Keller, with Brosnahan as Anne Sullivan, her dedicated but controlling translator and companion.

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Cornerstone will deal with worldwide gross sales and distribution and can launch gross sales on the upcoming American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group and WME are overseeing the U.S. sale.

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Based on an screenplay by Laetitia Mikles and Westmoreland, in session with a workforce at Helen Keller National Center for Youth and Adults, the film can be set throughout the early 1900s, following Keller’s tumultuous time at Radcliffe College of Harvard University, when her quickly increasing worldview and sexual awakening brings her into direct battle with the extra conservative Sullivan. When Sullivan is courted by the younger and sensible writer, John Macy, tensions escalate between the 2 girls threatening the bonds of their friendship.

“Most folks solely know of Helen Keller’s story from when she was a toddler. Helen & Teacher will have a look at her as a younger grownup when she developed a radical, world-changing political voice,” stated Westmoreland. “Today, when some TikTok threads dispute Helen Keller’s achievements and even her existence, it’s time for a film that exhibits her relevance, her brilliance, and her unbreakable spirit.”

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A Killer Films and Sugar23 manufacturing, Helen & Teacher can be produced by Sukee Chew (The Silencing, Burn) and Pamela Koffler (Halston, Colette, Carol). Victor Paul Wajnberg (Earthquake Bird, Colette) and Russ Posternak (Stowaway, Becky) will govt produce. Principal images is scheduled to start in the summer time of 2022.

“We are trying ahead to re-introduce one of the crucial well-known teacher-student relationships in fashionable historical past,” stated
Cornerstone’s Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder. “The lifelong work on incapacity rights by these two exceptional girls paved the best way for future generations. What higher approach to do it than with this proficient inventive workforce.”

Simmonds is represented by WME and Circle of Confusion, Brosnahan by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Mikles by Verve and Sugar23 and Westmorland by UTA.

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