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Hilary Swank has signed on to star in I Am Mother, the Australian sci-fi thriller from director Grant Sputore, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The film is Sputore’s feature film debut.
Swank joins an ensemble cast that includes Clara Rugaard, Luke Hawker and Tahlia Sturzaker. The indie for Southern Lights Films and Penguin Empire is based on a script by Michael Lloyd Green. Kelvin Munro and Timothy White are producing.
Swank is best known for Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, both of which netted her Oscars. Her recent work includes 55 Steps and Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky.
I Am Mother portrays a teenage girl (Rugaard) raised underground by a robot mother designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. Their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched stranger, played by Swank, is taken in by the teen, only to find herself at odds with her gear-and-piston parent. Overnight, the stranger casts doubt on Mother’s claims about the outside world and begins to unravel the fabric of their insular family. Unsure whom to trust, the girl begins to probe into Mother’s dubious nature and uncovers the truth of her greater mission.
World sales are being handled by Mister Smith Entertainment, while WME Global is handling the U.S.
Swank is repped by WME.
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