Millicent Simmonds (“A Tranquil Contrivance”) and “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” superstar Rachel Brosnahan will play Helen Keller and her effectively-known trainer Anne Sullivan, respectively, in the upcoming Cornerstone biopic “Helen and Teacher.”
Wash Westmoreland (“Composed Alice,” “Quinceañera”) will write and assure the film, which is determined in the early 1900s and specializes in Keller’s years at Radcliffe School at Harvard College. Predominant photography is scheduled to originate up in summer season 2022.
Not like old performers who non-public portrayed the deaf and blind Keller, 18-year-used Simmonds is deaf as effectively. The actress also shall be reportedly a miles off cousin of Keller, who misplaced her sight and hearing when she used to be 19 months used and went on to become a incapacity rights activist.
Keller’s myth has previously been educated onstage and in movies including Disney’s 1962 film “The Miracle Worker,” which introduced Patty Duke as Keller and starred Anne Bancroft as Sullivan. That film obtained Finest Supporting Actress and Finest Actress Oscars for Duke and Bancroft, respectively. In 1979, Duke portrayed Sullivan in the 1979 remake of the film, which starred Melissa Gilbert as Keller.
“Helen & Teacher” is in step with an usual screenplay by Laetitia Mikles and Westmoreland, in session with a crew at the Helen Keller Nationwide Center for Formative years and Adults. The film, a Killer Movies & Sugar23 Production, shall be produced by Sukee Bite, Pamela Koffler, Victor Paul Wajnberg. Russ Posternak can assist as executive producer.
“Most people solely know of Helen Keller’s myth from when she used to be unbiased a minute one,” Westmoreland stated in an announcement. “Helen & Teacher will glimpse at her as a young grownup when she developed an intensive, world-changing political bid. On the present time, when some TikTok threads dispute Helen Keller’s achievements and even her existence, it is time for a film that shows her relevance, her brilliance, and her unbreakable spirit.”
Cornerstone’s Thompson and Gooder added: “We’re looking out ahead to re-introduce conception to be one of many most infamous trainer-pupil relationships in smartly-liked history. The lifelong work on incapacity rights by these two valuable ladies cleared the path for future generations. What higher blueprint to construct it than with this talented ingenious crew.”
Simmonds is represented by WME and Circle of Confusion. Brosnahan is represented by CAA and Brillstein Leisure. Mikles is represented by Verve and Sugar23, and Westmoreland by UTA.