South African saga Skin starring Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo.
Shooting is set to begin in May on the co-production between the UK's
Elysian Films and Bard Entertainments and South Africa's Moonlighting
The project centres on the extraordinary genetic case of Sandra Laing,
a black woman born to white parents at the height of apartheid in
South Africa, and is based on the upcoming Laing biography When She
Elysian's Anthony Fabian will direct with Margaret Matheson and
Genevieve Hofmeyr serving as producers.
Stunned by the colour of their child in 1955, Abraham and Sannie Laing
discovered that the pigment of an unknown black ancestor had lain
dormant for generations and manifested itself in their daughter. Laing
endured a 30-year struggle for acceptance.
'Sophie Okonedo is an immensely talented actress who can take on this
challenging role and deliver a standout performance,' Robbie Little
said. 'She is absolutely ideal for this role and we're excited to be
involved with this film.'
Okonedo earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination in 2005 for her
role in Hotel Rwanda.
Little's EFM slate includes war thriller Stone's War, blind
mountaineering documentary Blindsight, horror film The Eye 3, and
crime thriller The Protege.