Refugees of theÂ Second Sudanese Civil WarÂ will be front and center in a new feature film project that will starÂ Reese Witherspoon.
Inspired by true events, and titledÂ The Good Lie, according to the press release, the story will follow…
… a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young men struggle to adjust to this new life and feelings of guilt about the brother left behind.
Witherspoon will play the brash American woman.
Playing the 3 refugees will be Ugandan-born actorÂ Arnold OcengÂ (My Brother The Devil),Â South Sudanese actor, model and social activist,Â Ger Duany’sÂ (himself once a child soldier),Â andÂ Emmanuel Jal, a South Sudanese musician and former child soldier as well.
The Good LieÂ will be directed byÂ Philippe FalardeauÂ (Monsieur Lazhar) from a script byÂ Margaret Nagle, and will be produced byÂ Black Label Media, along withÂ Imagineâ€™s Brian Grazer,Â Ron HowardÂ andÂ Karen KehelaSherwood.
Shooting begins next week in Atlanta beforeÂ heading to Africa (although no word on what country exactly – whether on location, or in a country that will be used as a stand-in).
Alcon EntertainmentÂ will release the film viaÂ Warner Bros.
While I’m certainly pleased that these 3 young men will get to star in what appears to be a high profile Hollywood project, I’m frankly just not interested in this particular story, which we’ve seen in a variety of movie incarnations over the years. And in Hollywood’s hands, who knows how they’ll play it. Whose story will be central to the narrative, or through whose eyes will the story unfold? The character played by Reese Witherspoon, or the 3 young South Sudanese men?