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EXCLUSIVE: Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer are attached to lead The Book Of Ruth, a feature based on the true story of Ruth Coker Burks, a devout Christian divorcée and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS sufferers in 1980s America.
Michael Arden, the two-time Tony Award nominated theater director who landed both those noms before the age of 35, will helm the pic, his feature film debut.
The screenplay comes from Rebecca Pollock and Kas Graham, whose 2019 script Betty Ford appeared on the Blacklist and was optioned by Ryan Murphy with Sarah Paulson attached.
Set in 1933, Ruth Coker Burks Wilson lives a busy life, devoted to her work, her six-year-old daughter Jessica, and her faith. When a handsome new neighbor Bomer turns out to be a gay New-Yorker who has fled the City and returned home after the death of his partner to AIDS, she decides to educate herself on the epidemic sweeping the country.
Scott LaStaiti, Dominic Tighe and Thomas Daley will produce. Cora Palfrey and Sarah Lebutsch will serve as Executive Producers. Shoot is scheduled to happen this year.
London-based Independent Film Sales will introduce the project to buyers at this week's EFM in Berlin, with North American sales handled by CAA.
Director Arden said of the project: “It's a great honor and privilege to tell this important story about the responsibility one human has to another, especially in a time of crisis. As a gay man, I feel that Ruth's story of empathy in the face of great prejudice and adversary is one so needed in our modern time.”
“It is vital for us to remember that we lost an entire generation to the AIDS epidemic and that so many people, including Ruth, sacrificed their own comfort, station and livelihood to help those in need during this plague,” he added.
“This female-led story tells us that out of the deepest darkness can come the brightest light and the work of Ruth Coker Burks is a constant reminder of all that is best about humanity,” commented the producers.
“The Book Of Ruth is taking a look at recent history, showing us what a person can achieve if they put their prejudices aside and do the right thing. It is a truly inspirational story that buyers and audiences undoubtedly will respond to,” aded Sarah Lebutsch, Independent's head of sales.
Wilson is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Troika and Relevant.
Bomer is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Viewpoint and Steve Warren at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.
The Affair's Sanaa Lathan and Scandal's Gregg Henry are among the stars of Netflix's upcoming action series Hit and Run.
The show, which comes from Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, the co-creators and exec producers of Netflix series Fauda, and Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, creators of the Amazon comedy Z: The Beginning of Everything, was handed a straight-t0-series 10 episode order in 2018.
Raz, who featured in Fauda as well as 6 Underground, also stars alongside Queen of Spades' Kaelen Ohm and Fauda's Moran Rosenblatt, while Para Aduma's Gal Toren's guest stars.
Created and written by Issacharoff, Raz, Prestwich and Yorkin, Hit and Run centers on a happily married man whose life is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit and run accident.
Raz left plays Segev Azulai, a former special forces soldier who has since retired for a quieter life but forced to confront his violent past when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit and run accident. Lathan stars as Naomi Hicks, a talented and ambitious New York journalist who is contacted by an old-flame looking for help investigating a murder with newsworthy global implications. Ohm plays Danielle Wexler, a gifted American dancer living a happy life in Tel Aviv with new husband Raz when her life is suddenly cut short. In her death, a host of secrets and lies are revealed about her life in Israel. Rosenblatt stars as Tali Shapira, a hard nosed police detective who uses her position to help her cousin, Segev, solve the mystery of his wife’s death. Henry stars as Martin Wexler, Danielle's father, who is unhappy with her daughter's choice in husbands for dangerous reasons of his own, while Toren guest stars as Ron Harel, a former Israeli special forces op who lives in New York and buries his PTSD in bad choices. His old army friend, Segev Raz, arrives looking to settle a score forcing Ron out of his cocoon and back into action.
Issacharoff, Raz, Prestwich and Yorkin executive produce with Prestwich and Yorkin also serving as showrunners. Artists First's Kimberlin Belloni, Peter Principato and Itay Reiss and Mandeville Films' David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks also exec produce, while Mike Barker The Handmaid's Tale will direct five episodes and exec produce.
The series stars shooting principal photography in Israel, having recently wrapped production in New York. Netflix Studios produces.