Richard Roundtree to Star in Action Comedy Thelma


Richard Roundtree is starring in the action comedy Thelma. 93-year-old Oscar nominee June Squibb will lead the cast that also includes Fred Hechinger, Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, and Malcolm McDowell.

Josh Margolin wrote and directed the film that is based on a real-life experience involving his grandmother and it is billed as Nebraska meets Mission: Impossible. Thelma will serve as his feature film directing debut.

Thelma centers on 90-year-old grandmother Thelma Post (Squibb), who gets duped by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson and sets out on a uniquely treacherous quest to reclaim what was taken from her.

Production for the film has wrapped.

Via Deadline:

A portion of Thelma‘s budget went directly to the Motion Picture & Television Fund — the more than a century old charitable organization currently facing bankruptcy — following the shooting of key scenes at its Los Angeles-area residential living campus.

Invention Studios’ Nicholas Weinstock and Benjamin Simpson are producing alongside Zoë Worth and Chris Kaye, as well as Viviana Vezzani and Karl Spoerri of Zurich Avenue, which is fully financing the film. Zurich Avenue’s Tobias Gutzwiller is exec producing along with Squibb and Hechinger, with Kat Barnette (The Listener) co-producing. CAA Media Finance arranged the film’s financing and is repping its distribution rights.

Squibb landed her first Oscar nomination in 2014 for her supporting turn in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. She’s more recently appeared in films including A24’s The Humans, Apple TV+’s Palmer and Neon/Hulu’s Palm Springs, as well as series like Life & Beth.


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