Reese Witherspoon anchors the cast of true-story drama The Good Lie, about three Sudanese orphans who attempt to start new lives in the U.S. with the help of a brash American woman. Real-life Sudanese “Lost Boys” Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal and Brit Arnold Oceng star opposite Witherspoon and Corey Stoll in director Philippe Falardeau’s pic from Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media. Margaret Nagle wrote the screenplay beginning work on it ten years ago , seeing it hit the Blacklist, sit at Paramount for five years before finding life at Imagine and further financing at Alcon/ Black Label Media. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Molly Mickler Smith, Thad Luckinbill, and Trent Luckinbill are producers. Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Kim Roth, Ellen H. Schwartz, Deepak Nayar, and Bobby and Deb Newmyer are exec producers. Warner Bros releases The Good Lie on October 3:
The Warner Bros limited release now will open on October 3, more than three weeks after its original September 10 date. That pits the Reese Witherspoon-fronted The Good Lie against WB’s untitled New Line horror flick and David Fincher’s dark lit adaptation Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck as a man suspected of offing his missing wife. On the sunnier side, Witherspoon stars in The Good Lie as a straight-talking American woman who takes in a Sudanese refugee. Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) directs from a script by Margaret Nagle.
EXCLUSIVE: Corey Stoll (House Of Cards, Midnight In Paris) and Sarah Baker (The Campaign) have joined the cast of The Good Lie, about a young Sudanese refugee who wins a lottery for relocation to the U.S. with three others. Ugandan-born Brit Arnold Oceng (My Brother The Devil) nabbed the lead role of Mamere opposite Reese Witherspoon as a brash American woman assigned to help the Lost Boys. The pic, based on true events, begins filming Monday in Atlanta before production heads to Africa. Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) is directing from a screenplay by Margaret Nagle (Warm Springs, Boardwalk Empire).
Filmmakers took pains to cast actors of Sudanese origin in the project, which was developed in the Imagine-Reliance Entertainment Writers Lab. A worldwide casting search led them to Ger Duany, a former Sudanese Lost Boy who emigrated to the U.S. and became a professional model, and fellow ex-child soldier-turned-hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal.
Toronto/London/Berlin – February 7, 2013 –Entertainment One (“eOne”) is pleased to announce that it has secured multi-territory rights in all media to the upcoming drama The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon. eOne will handle distribution of the film in the UK, Spain, Benelux and Australia/NZ. Lionsgate International represented the international rights to the film on behalf of the film’s producers.
From celebrated Canadian director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), The Good Lie tells the story of a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. They develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman (Witherspoon) assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to his new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.
Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star in the THE GOOD LIE directed by Philippe Falardeau (MONSIEUR LAZHAR) with screenplay by Margaret Nagle (WARM SPRINGS). THE GOOD LIE will be produced by Molly Smith’s (THE BLIND SIDE) newly formed production and financing company Black Label Media. Along with the Black Label Media partners, Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Karen Kehela Sherwood are producers and Imagine’s Kim Roth and Reliance’s Deepak Nayar are named executive producers.
Inspired by true events, THE GOOD LIE follows a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.