Gugu Mbatha-Raw To Star, Gina Prince-Bythewood To Helm ‘An Untamed State’

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According to Deadline, Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in An Untamed State, an adaptation of Roxane Gay’s debut novel that the director will co-write with the author for Fox SearchlightMichael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions banner with Prince-Bythewood; Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel will be exec producers.The novel tells the powerful, unflinching story of a Haitian American woman kidnapped for ransom in front of her husband and child. The novel explores the privilege that made her a target, and the strength she must draw on to survive and reclaim her life. Prince-Bythewood is best known for directing Beyond The Lights, and The Secret Life Of Bees, and with husband Reggie Rock she is exec producing the 10-hour event series Shots Fired for Fox, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema. Mbatha-Raw most recently starred in Concussion and Belle, and she teamed with Prince-Bythewood on Beyond The Lights.