Okonedo to take lead in 'Skin' biopic

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Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo has signed to play the lead in South African drama "Skin," based on the true story of the birth of a black baby named Sandra Laing to white parents during the 1950s.

Directed by Anthony Fabian, "Skin" is produced by Margaret Matheson and Genevieve Hofmeyr. The movie, a co-production between Elysian Films, Bard Entertainment and Moonlighting Films, is scheduled to shoot in May 2007.

The project was developed by Anthony Fabian through his banner Elysian. Sandra Laing's biography, "When She Was White," is set to be published by Miramax Books in the U.S. in April this year.

The Little Film Company is repping worldwide sales here during the EFM and is showcasing the film to international buyers.

The film follows Sandra's thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world, the producers said.

Okonedo was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar in 2004 for her role in "Hotel Rwanda".

Little Film chief Robbie Little described "Skin" as an emotionally engaging film "that should captivate audiences with its raw portrayal of race relations in apartheid controlled South Africa and the stark realities for a young black woman brought up there in the 1950's."

In addition to "Skin," The Little Film Company's sales slate at the EFM includes war thriller "Stone's War," the documentary "Blindsight", horror flick "The Eye 3" and the crime thriller "The Protege."
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