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Danielle Deadwyler Stars, EPs In Sci-Fi Thriller 'Parallel' with Aldis & Edwin Hodge

ES Staff  |  Indie Dramas

A remake of the acclaimed Chinese film of the same name directed by Lei Zheng is now known as Parallel Forest. It chronicles Vanessa's (Deadwyler) journey as she travels between parallel universes after experiencing a great deal of loss. She is threatened with self-destruction while on retreat with her husband and brother-in-law after losing a child, and she does so in an effort to get back to the life she knew previously. These parallel gates might have the power to either free her from her sorrow or keep it bound to her for all time.

Together with Jonathan Keasey (K-Sun), Edwin and Aldis Hodge wrote the Parallel script. Through their production company, Hodge Brothers Productions, they will also work with Sean Lydiard and Jaylen Moore of Rumble Riot, Keasey (Gamergate), Ann Zhang of Beijing Pu Luo Media Co., who also produced the first film, and Jonathan Keasey (K-Sun), K-Sun, and Rumble Riot to produce Parallel. Deadwyler, Elliott Michael Smith, and RJ Collins of Rumble Riot (Cut Throat City), Richie Doyle of Fremont Films, Alex Bretow of Mammoth Pictures, Lei Zheng and Chengxi Li of Beijing Pu Luo Media Co., Randall J. Bacon, Dean Scheske, Joseph Lanius, Danny R. Carmona, and Jovanna Burke are executive producers on the project. The picture's photographer is Pip White.

For the HBO sci-fi drama series Demimonde, written, directed, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Deadwyler was recently chosen as the series' leading man. However, the project finally stalled due to financial constraints. The actress most recently starred opposite Gael Garca Bernal in the critically acclaimed HBO Max limited series Station Eleven from creator Patrick Somerville. She has also appeared in the Netflix film The Harder They Fall, winner of the BAFTA, NAACP Image Award, and Gotham Award, as well as the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Watchmen from Damon Lindelof, and the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta from creator Donald Glover. Next up for her is the Chinonye Chukwu-directed MGM/Orion Pictures movie Till, in which she plays Mamie Till, as well as the Zoe Saldana-starring Netflix miniseries From Scratch.

Play Management in Vancouver, Ziffren Brittenham, and Paradigm are Deadwyler's agents.

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