Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer is set to star in upcoming thriller drama series titled Are You Sleeping.  

The series hails from Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine, and was created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman.  It is based on true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, and is currently in development at Apple’s video programming unit.

Are You Sleeping provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Spencer made her film debut in A Time To Kill and made her Hollywood breakthrough portraying Minny Jackson in The Help, which earned her an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has maintained critically-acclaimed roles in films such as Fruitvale StationGet on UpBlack or WhiteSmashedSnowpiercerThe Divergent Series: Insurgent, and Zootopia. She starred in Hidden Figures, where she portrayed Dorothy Vaughan, earning Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actress, and was recently seen on the big screen in Gifted.  Spencer also joined the cast of upcoming a limited series revolving around the life of entrepreneur and social activist Madame C.J. Walker, and is set to star in Luce alongside Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

We are looking forward to this upcoming project!




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