Uzo Aduba is set to star in the independent drama Miss Virginia.

Inspired by a true story, Miss Virginia follows a struggling inner-city single mother who moves her at-risk son from their dangerous neighborhood school to an expensive one in a safe area.

“The real Miss Virginia is as formidable as she is warm and down-to-earth,” O’Connor said. “No one captures that spirit like Uzo. Her bravery, grit, and humor shine through in all her performances. We’re ecstatic that she will be bringing her infectious energy to ‘Miss Virginia.’”

The film is set to begin production early next year in Los Angeles.

Aduba is best known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” on the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black, and has won an Emmy two years in a row for her performance in the role.  She starred in The NBC Television special The Wiz Live, and  in the Lifetime original movie, Showing Roots alongside Cicely Tyson.  She recently appeared in American Pastoral and will next star in the upcoming indie Candy Jar, alongside Christina Hendricks and Helen Hunt.

 

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