*LOS ANGELES – Steel Springs Pictures announced today that Common (The Hate U Give, Suicide Squad, Selma) and Jonny Lee Miller (Hackers, Trainspotting, “Elementary”) will join Keke Palmer in the feature film Alice, from writer Krystin Ver Linden, who will also make her directorial debut.
The compelling, character-driven thriller will be produced by award-winning Producer Peter Lawson (Spotlight, John Wick) alongside Executive Producers Jose Agustin Valdes and Luisa Fernanda Espinosa of Steel Springs Pictures and Keke Palmer. Steel Springs is fully financing with principal photography to begin in August in Georgia.
Alice is inspired by the true events of a woman of servitude in 1800s Georgia, who escapes the 55-acre confines of her captor to discover the shocking reality that exists beyond the tree line… it’s 1973.
Steel Springs Pictures’ Peter Lawson says:
“Common and Jonny are the perfect addition to our cast on this very special film. Common just brings so much emotional depth to his character, and Jonny is such a standout performer with the intensity he delivers. With both on board, we have no doubt the chemistry between our cast will resonate with audiences around the world.”
Academy Award ® winning artist, activist, author and actor Common first rose to fame as a rapper, before moving into acting. His feature film credits include: The Hate U Give, Suicide Squad and Selma, for which he won an Academy Award ® for ‘Best Original Song’ alongside John Legend in 2015. Common’s upcoming projects include Tate Taylor’s Ava starring Jessica Chastain and the sci-fi feature Nine Lives opposite Alice co-star, Jonny Lee Miller. Earlier this month, Common and Keke Palmer also co-hosted the YouTube fundraiser ‘Bear Witness, Take Action’, dedicated to amplifying and developing the voices of Black creators, artists and their stories.
Miller has had a long career, achieving early success in the 1996 film Trainspotting. His other notable feature film credits include: Hackers, Mindhunters, T2 Trainspotting, Dracula 2000, Endgame and The Flying Scotsman. He has also starred in a number of leading roles on major television series including “Elementary”, “Dexter” and “Smith” for CBS, “Eli Stone” for ABC and “Emma” for BBC. Miller will next be seen in the upcoming sci-fi space film Nine Lives opposite Common, as well as Settlers.
Common is represented by UTA, Grandview and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light. Miller is represented by UTA and 42.
Alice marks the first feature film to go into production from Steel Springs Pictures which was recently launched by Producer, Peter Lawson.
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About Steel Springs Pictures
Steel Springs Pictures is Peter Lawson’s Los Angeles based production company which develops, produces and co-finances film and television projects, which focus on thought-provoking and socially impactful true-life stories. The company is backed by an equity firm headed up by Jose Agustin Valdes and Luisa Fernanda Espinosa and has a number of projects in development.
Lawson has built an award-winning career over the past two decades as a production executive, collaborating with top directing, producing, and acting talent. He headed up production divisions at Miramax Films, Thunder Road, The Weinstein Company and Open Road Films. Lawson was central to the creative and commercial success of Tom McCarthy’s critically acclaimed and Oscar award-winning film Spotlight and the Keanu Reeves starrer John Wick. Credits include: Sleepless, starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan; Oliver Stone’s Snowden, and John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine.
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