Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali & Quvenzhané Wallis Attached To ‘The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree’Posted by Wilson Morales
September 9, 2016
Deadline is reporting that Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali & Quvenzhané Wallis attached to star in the period drama ‘The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree,’ which Davis will also produced.
The film will be directed and written by Claire McCarthy, based on Ann Weisgarber’s 2011 novel. Su Armstrong and Brian Rosen are producing for SixtyFourSixty, while Viola Davis and Julius Tennon serve as executive producers. The film is an Australian/Canadiana co-production, with GFM Films co-financing and handling worldwide sales.
The story is set against the savage and harsh backdrop of the early 1900s South Dakota badlands where Rachel Dupree finds herself playing a game of cat-and-mouse with her ambitious husband Isaac on their isolated, drought-stricken ranch. Taunted by secrets and lies that scatter her marriage to a man she loves with such passion but somehow barely knows, Rachel must take matters into her own hands if her family is to survive, and fight for values that are worth more than land and ambition.
The site states that Davis says she discovered the book while filming The Help. “At its heart, it fully explores how you can choose a dream but you can’t choose the sacrifice. Rachel’s gut wrenching journey and ultimate heroic decision was, for me, an actress’ dream. As a woman, it is my chance to play a realistic heroine… one that is admirable, familiar, inspiring and rare. Rachel serves as the perfect voice to tell this part of American History seldom told.”