Actress Xosha Roquemore Joins Aldis Hodge, Dorian Missick In The Brian Banks Story

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Actress Xosha Roquemore Joins Aldis Hodge, Dorian Missick In The Brian Banks Story
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 4, 2017

Source: THR

Actress Xosha Roquemore is the latest to join the cast of The Brian Banks Story, which is being directed by Tom Shadyac from a script written by Doug Atchison.

Filming in Memphis, the movie tells of an all-American high-school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when falsely accused of rape. Despite furiously maintaining his innocence, Brian was nonetheless railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole. Ultimately, with the help of the California Innocence Project, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012 and he ultimately achieved his NFL dream with the Atlanta Falcons’ pre-season squad in 2013.

Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, TV’s Underground, and Hidden Figures) will play the lead role of Banks.  Dorian Missick will play an officer who treats Banks with contempt before he realizes he may have been railroaded. Greg Kinnear has been cast to play the head of the California Innocence Project helped overturn his conviction. Tiffany Dupont will portray the role of Alissa Bjerkhoel, a junior lawyer at the California Innocence Project who, along with other associates, finds Brian’s long, handwritten letter in the mailroom and becomes deeply committed to his cause. Former American football player turned actor Matt Battaglia will play Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who was the UCS coach at the time.

According to THR, Roquemore will play Kennesha Rice, the woman who is the catalyst for the conviction in the film. The shy and reserved student has a crush on the football player and kisses him in a school stairwell. She later accuses him of rape and sends Banks to jail, but then resurfaces years later with an announcement.

Roquemore is wrapping up the final season in The Mindy Project.  Upcoming film roles include William Faulkner adaptation Mississippi RequiemWhitney Cummings’ comedy The Female Brain, the indie dramedy All Nighter with J.K. Simmons. Her other film credits include Precious and The Butler.

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