Kelly Marie Tran to play activist Amanda Nguyen in a biopic

Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran is set to star in and produce a biopic about her friend and civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen.

According to entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter, Tran is developing the film, alongside Important Productions and Madica Productions.

The untitled film will see Nguyen’s transformation from a college sexual assault survivor to an activist for survivors’ rights, including the writing of a survivors’ bill of rights (which inspired the federal law passed in 2016) and the Rise civil rights accelerator foundation.

Tran, also known for Raya and the Last Dragon, said she was lucky to bring Nguyen’s story to the big screen. “Over the years, Amanda’s activism has changed the lives of billions of people, as she continues to make our world safer for victims of sexual assault everywhere. Her courage inspires me all days and I’m honored to help tell his story,” the actor said in a statement.

Nguyen said she is “deeply grateful” to Tran and the production banners for telling not only her story, but the stories of billions of survivors around the world.

“Stories are how we tell ourselves dreams are possible. Social stigma silences rape victims. My story is not mine alone. I hear from countless survivors about the strength they derive from hearing other survivors share their stories.

“I hope this makes them feel less alone. I am grateful to Kelly for her friendship, for her understanding of our shared Vietnamese American heritage, and for her belief that this is a story worth telling,” said added the activist.

Tang Yi, who won the Palme d’Or for best short film at Cannes last year for All the Crows in the World, is in talks to write and direct the project, which is in the early stages of development.

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