Amanda Nguyen and Kelly Marie Tran
The story of Amanda Nguyen, the young woman who was raped as a Harvard student and later became a sexual assault activist, is coming to the big screen. According to The Hollywood ReporterKelly Marie Tran will star and produce the biopic about her boyfriend, who founded the civil rights accelerator Rise and wrote the Survivor’s Bill Of Rights.
“I am deeply grateful to Kelly Marie Tran, Madica Productions and Significant Productions for telling not only my story, but the story of billions of survivors around the world fighting to have our voices heard and our rights recognized,” Nguyen said in a statement. a statement. “Stories are how we tell ourselves that dreams are possible. Social stigma silences rape survivors. My story is not just mine. I hear from countless survivors the strength they gain from hearing other survivors tell their stories. I hope this will make them feel less alone. I am grateful to Kelly for her friendship, for her understanding of our shared Vietnamese American heritage, and for her belief that this is a story worth telling.”
In her own statement, Tran added: “Over the years, Amanda’s activism has changed the lives of billions, while making our world a safer place for survivors of sexual assault everywhere. Her courage inspires me every day and I am honored to help tell her story.”
According to THR, filmmaker Yi Tang is in talks to write and direct the project. Forest Whitaker is on board as an executive producer through his company Significant Productions alongside producer Nina Yang Bongiovi; on the Madica Productions side, Shawn Sachs will executive produce with company founder Jeff Tahler producing. Nguyen will also produce, giving her the power to tell her story in her own hands – which can be an unfortunate rarity in Hollywood.