Jurnee Smollett to Star in and Executive Produce Lou

Jurnee Smollett is headed to Netflix to star in and executive produce Lou. She will star opposite Allison Janney who is also executive producing.

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Lou follows the life of a young woman and her landlord Lou (Janney) who they team up to find the woman’s daughter after she is kidnapped by her father. Janney’s character is described as “a hard-shelled and rule-breaking woman” who possesses a particular set of skills, including exceptional tracking abilities. The movie is described as a mix of Thelma and Louise and Taken and positions itself as a feminist revenge thriller.

Anna Foerster is directing the film based on Maggie Cohn’s script with revision by Jack Stanley.

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J.J. Abrams, Jon Cohen and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot are producing. Braden Aftergood and Lindsey Weber are also EPs. Foerster has directed episodes of Outlander, Westworld and Carnival Row as well as the Screen Gems feature Underworld: Blood Wars starring Kate Beckinsale.

Smollett is hot off award season for her work in the HBO series Lovecraft Country. Up next she will star in Spiderhead opposite Chris Hemsworth.

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