Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions picked up the U.S. rights to Alice. The film stars Keke Palmer, Common, Sinqua Walls, and Jonny Lee Miller.
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Written and directed by Krystin Ver Linden, the film stars Keke Palmer as Alice, an enslaved person yearning for freedom on a rural Georgia plantation under its brutal and disturbed owner Paul (Jonny Lee Miller). After a violent clash with Paul, she flees through the neighboring woods and stumbles onto the unfamiliar sight of a highway, soon discovering the year is actually 1973. Rescued on the roadside by a disillusioned political activist named Frank (Common), Alice quickly comprehends the lies that have kept her in bondage and the promise of Black liberation. Inspired by true accounts, Alice is a modern empowerment fable tracing Alice’s journey through the post-Civil Rights Era American South.
Walls will play Joseph a slave and Alice’s husband who live on Master Paul Bennet’s plantation as they plot their escape to freedom after jumping the broom. The film also stars Gaius Charles, Alicia Witt, Craig Stark and Shiquita James.
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Krystin Ver Linden is making her directorial debut with Alice. Palmer is serving as executive producer of the picture alongside Jose Agustin Valdes and Luisa Fernanda Espinosa of Steel Springs Pictures. Peter Lawson will also produce the film for Stampede.
The music was produced and songs curated by Common, Karrien Riggins, and Patrick Warren. Alice was financed and produced by Peter Lawson through his Steel Springs Pictures banner. Palmer and Common will executive produce alongside Jose Agustin Valdes and Vickie de Varona Hsieh.
Alice will make its world premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival with a theatrical release on Mar. 18, 2022.