Alfre Woodard and Danielle Brooks have signed on to the prison drama Clemency, opposite Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce, and Richard Schiff. The project hails from writer/director Chinonye Chukwu (alaskaLand) and revolves around a prison warden (Woodard) who confronts her own psychological demons as she develops an emotional connection to the death row inmate (Hodge) she is scheduled to execute.

“We were thrilled to discover the incredibly moving screenplay by writer/director Chinonye Chukwu, and with participation of the outstanding lead actress Alfre Woodard, multi-talented composer Kathryn Bostic and the highly experienced production team, led by producer Bronwyn Cornelius, our decision to come on board was very easy,” said Johnny Chang, Managing Director of ACE Pictures Entertainment.

This marks the second feature for Chukwu, who is known for her work on the clemency campaign for Tyra Patterson, who was wrongfully accused of murder and was recently released from prison after serving almost 23 years. Chukwu also created the Pens to Pictures program in an Ohio women’s prison.

We look forward to seeing more work from Chukwu!