Winston Duke, whose scene-stealing work in Black Panther earned him breakout status, has closed a deal to star in Heroine, an action thriller from Paramount Players.

Daniel Casey, who penned the recent grounded sci-fi movie Kin, is set to direct the project, which he also wrote.

The story focuses on a mother and domestic abuse survivor who moves into a new neighborhood for a clean start, only to fall into new danger when she witnesses a kidnapping by an Aryan gang.

Duke will play her neighbor, a tragic figure who turns out to be much more than she expected.

Ace Entertainment’s Matt Kaplan, who last produced To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is producing. Ace has a first-look deal with Paramount Players and several movies wrapped, including the Mary J. Blige horror movie Body Cam and Noah Centineo’s The Stand-In.

A spring shoot for Heroine is planned.

Duke appeared on a handful of television shows such as Person of Interest before being cast as M’Baku, the bellicose leader of a warrior kingdom in Black Panther. He became a breakout character and also appeared in Avengers: Infinity War. The part served as a launching pad for the actor, who trampolined to a starring role in Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out, Us.

Duke is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson.  

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