Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of the indie feature, Saint Judy! Per Deadline, she’ll be joining Alfred Molina and Michelle Monaghan in the indie about a landmark immigration case that changed asylum laws for women coming into the U.S. Woodard will play Judge Benton, who is crucial to determining the path that a young lawyer (Monaghan) takes when she tries to help an Afghani immigrant woman.

Sean Hanish is directing the project, which has begun shooting. The film is being produced by Hanish and Cannonball Productions’ Paul Jaconi-Biery. Cannonball secured Wood’s life rights and developed the story with writer Dmitry Portnoy. Kelly Kahl is serving as executive producer.

Woodard is a four-time Emmy winner, 17-time nominee and has an Academy Award nomination for her role in Cross Creek. Next up, she will star in and has an executive producing credit on the indie drama Juanita, directed by Clark Johnson and recently acquired by Netflix.

This role is perfect for Woodard as she also has an activism background, co-founding Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit that works to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS. During the Obama administration, Barack Obama appointed her to his Committee on the Arts and Humanities, where she adopted several high-poverty and under-performing public schools around the country. She also directed and produced Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales and that was nominated for a Grammy for Best Children’s Spoken Word Album.

Woodard is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and the Gochman Law Group. UTA Independent Film Group is selling Saint Judy for domestic distribution.

Congrats to Alfre Woodard! This is an important film in the larger conversation surrounding immigration laws and we’re looking forward to her portrayal!



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