Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Leo To Star In IFC’s Indie Comedy Furlough

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Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Leo To Star In IFC’s Indie Comedy Furlough
Posted by Wilson Morales

December 5, 2017

Source: Variety

Tessa Thompson with star alongside Oscar winners Melissa Leo and Whoopi Goldberg in ‘Furlough,‘ an upcoming indie comedy film that IFC acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights.

“Furlough” centers on a woman (Thompson) who lives with and cares for her aging mother (Goldberg), while working part-time at a jail. At work, she is given a chance to show off her abilities when she is assigned to accompany an unruly prisoner (Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother. The trip does not go as planned.”

Directed by Laurie Collyer from a script written by Barry Strugatz, the supporting cast includes another Oscar winner Anna Paquin (“The Piano”), Edgar Ramirez (“Joy”), and La La Anthony (“Think Like a Man” Starz’s “Power”).

“I am thrilled to partner with Bankside and again with IFC Films, a company with such an important and influential track record. I am also excited to bring a new genre to them with Furlough, so we can share lots of laughs in the theater, as well as a few tears,” the film’s director, Laurie Collyer said.

Goldberg, who won an Oscar for “Ghost,” currently co-hosts “The View.” Leo, who won an Oscar for “The Fighter,” was last seen in Maggie Betts’ Novitiate; and Thompson is currently in theaters with Thor: Ragnarok.

In 2010, Goldberg and Thompson played mother and daughter in Tyler Perry‘s adaptation of Ntozake Shange‘s 1975 original choreopoem For Colored Girls.

Meridian Entertainment and EFC Films are financing the film which is being produced by Jen Gatien of DeerJen along with Leo. Meridian is financing the film through its production deal with Symbolic Exchange. Serving as executive producers are EFC Films’ Carole Meiselman, Meridian’s Jennifer Dong and Figo Li, and Symbolic Exchange’s James Schamus and Joe Pirro.


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