Holly Hunter is set to star in Still I Rise and will be joining Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the Daniel Barnz-directed drama.
It is about the campaign by a teacher and mother to transform a quality of education in a Pittsburgh inner-city public school. Hunter will play the head of the teachers union. Barnz recently rewrote the Brin Hill screenplay. Mark Johnson is producing through his Gran Via Productions banner.
The film will be distributed domestically by 20th Century Fox. At the same time, Hunter is in negotiations to star alongside Hailee Steinfeld in Romeo and Juliet, a Julian Fellowes-scripted version of the classic tale, directed by Carlo Carlei. Fellowes will produce with Gabriele Muccino, Ileen Maisel and Mark Ordesky. The Oscar-winning actress has most recently earned two Emmy noms for her work in the TNT drama Saving Grace. She’s represented by ICM and Management 360, while True Grit’s Steinfeld is represented by ICM.
Hunter starred in The Piano for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She has also been nominated for an Oscar for her roles in Broadcast News, The Firm, and Thirteen. The 53-year-old has won two Emmy Awards with seven nominations and has won a Golden Globe Award with another six nominations.
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