Source: Kyle Kaplan / Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

Keke Palmer in ‘Alice’

Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have snapped up US rights to Krystin Ver Linden’s Alice starring Keke Palmer ahead of its world premiere at Sundance in U.S. Dramatic Competition next month.

Ver Linden’s feature directorial debut will open theatrically on March 18 2022 and centres on an enslaved person on a rural Georgia plantation owned by a brutal and disturbed man played by Jonny Lee Miller.

After a violent clash with the owner Alice flees through the woods and stumbles onto the unfamiliar sight of a highway and discovers the year is actually 1973. The story is said to be inspired by true accounts.

The cast includes Common, Gaius Charles, Alicia Witt, Craig Stark and Shiquita James. Peter Lawson (John Wick) produced and financed through his Los Angeles and Australia-based Steel Springs Pictures. Palmer and Common are executive producers on Alice alongside Jose Agustin Valdes and Vickie de Varona Hsieh.

Vertical Entertainment partner Peter Jarowey and SVP of acquisitions Tony Piantedosi negotiated the deal on behalf of Vertical and Howard Cohen and senior director of acquisitions Angel An did so for Roadside Attractions. CAA Media Finance and Verve Ventures represented the filmmakers.