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Harvey Weinstein accuser Sarah Ann Masse and Dear White People actress Quei Tann have joined the cast for A More Perfect Union, a pandemic-inspired whistleblower drama.
The indie, directed by Ian Mark and Blaize Hall, portrays a family torn apart when an NSA whistleblower is infected with COVID-19 while on trial at the start of the lockdown in March 2020. While forced to isolate away from his wife, a former medical student, she must care for their child alone, battle mounting mental health issues and craving an escape.
Masse and Tann join an ensemble cast that includes Mark, Hall, George Wyner and Calinda Jade. Mark and Hall are producing A More Perfect Union through their production banner Pasadonuts LLC.
Masse, also known as the American half of the British-American comedy duo We Are Thomasse, stepped forward in 2017 to accuse Weinstein of unwanted sexual misconduct — before the former movie mogul was eventually convicted of, and sentenced to 23 years in prison for, rape and criminal sexual assault.
Tann, who is also a trans activist, has TV credits that include playing Genifer in Dear White People, How to Get Away With Murder and Cam. Masse welcomed joining an indie movie that follows strict COVID-19 protocols during production, including using a small crew, while advocating for an end to mass surveillance and for universal health care.
“The impact of COVID on our industry cannot be overstated, so I am thrilled to be working on a project that is taking COVID precautions seriously, putting actors to work, hiring survivors, and addressing subjects that are important to our growth as a society,” Masse tells THR in a statement.
Earlier, Masse launched HireSurvivorsHollywood.org to help advocate for survivors of sexual violence in the entertainment industry.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to work with both of them (Masse and Tann) in the past and know the obstacles they’ve faced building their careers, they’re exactly the type of creators we want to collaborate with as we help to build a new Hollywood,” co-director Mark said in his own statement.
Masse is repped by Vanguard Management. Tann is repped by The Park Noack Agency. Hall is repped by Next Level Entertainment.
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