Millicent Simmonds (“A Quiet Space”) and “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” megastar Rachel Brosnahan will play Helen Keller and her famous trainer Anne Sullivan, respectively, in the upcoming Cornerstone biopic “Helen and Trainer.”
Wash Westmoreland (“Smooth Alice,” “Quinceañera”) will write and explain the film, which is place of dwelling in the early 1900s and makes a speciality of Keller’s years at Radcliffe College at Harvard University. Major pictures is scheduled to launch in summer season 2022.
Now not like previous performers who maintain portrayed the deaf and blind Keller, 18-yr-vulnerable Simmonds is deaf as effectively. The actress is additionally reportedly a much away cousin of Keller, who lost her peek and listening to when she was 19 months vulnerable and went on to grow to be a disability rights activist.
Keller’s narrative has previously been advised onstage and in movies including Disney’s 1962 movie “The Miracle Employee,” which introduced Patty Duke as Keller and starred Anne Bancroft as Sullivan. That film won Most keen Supporting Actress and Most keen Actress Oscars for Duke and Bancroft, respectively. In 1979, Duke portrayed Sullivan in the 1979 remake of the film, which starred Melissa Gilbert as Keller.
“Helen & Trainer” is in accordance to an usual screenplay by Laetitia Mikles and Westmoreland, in consultation with a team on the Helen Keller Nationwide Heart for Youth and Adults. The movie, a Killer Movies & Sugar23 Production, will likely be produced by Sukee Chew, Pamela Koffler, Victor Paul Wajnberg. Russ Posternak will support as govt producer.
“Most folk only know of Helen Keller’s narrative from when she was a slight of 1,” Westmoreland acknowledged in an announcement. “Helen & Trainer will stumble on at her as a young adult when she developed an intensive, world-altering political remark. This day, when some TikTok threads dispute Helen Keller’s achievements and even her existence, it is a long way time for a movie that presentations her relevance, her brilliance, and her unbreakable spirit.”
Cornerstone’s Thompson and Gooder added: “We’re taking a see forward to re-introduce one of the necessary famed trainer-scholar relationships in contemporary history. The lifelong work on disability rights by these two mighty women people lead the trend for future generations. What better contrivance to variety it than with this talented inventive team.”
Simmonds is represented by WME and Circle of Confusion. Brosnahan is represented by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment. Mikles is represented by Verve and Sugar23, and Westmoreland by UTA.