Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Girl Soldier" Comes to Hollywood

Sometimes it takes a film with a big-name celebrity to raise awareness:

Uma Thurman will star in Girl Soldier, "portraying a cleric who helped rescue 140 schoolgirls abducted in Uganda," according to Variety, which noted that the "producers are eyeing a first-quarter shoot." The film is adapted from Stolen Angels: The Kidnapped Girls of Uganda by Kathy Cook (Penguin Global, $24, 9780143054818/0143054813).

"This is a film that had to get made," Thurman said. "It's beyond me that in this day and age the exploitation of child soldiers goes virtually unnoticed and unchecked by Western media."

Variety reported that Caspian Pictures, which will make the film, "was founded by [Will] Raee and Brian Bullock last year with the goal of making socially conscious and commercially viable films with mass audience appeal."
Quoted text via Shelf Awarness.

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