Actress joins cast of indie drama

Melissa Leo has joined the cast of indie drama “Betty Ann Waters” alongside Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell.

Production started this week in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the pic, produced by Omega Entertainment.

Tony Goldwyn directs from Pamela Gray’s screenplay, which includes a rewrite from Richard LaGravenese. Andy Karsch, Andrew Sugarman and Goldwyn are producing.

“Betty Ann Waters” centers on an unemployed single mother who saw her brother begin serving a life sentence in 1983 for murder and robbery. Convinced that he was innocent, she earned a law degree and challenged the conviction with DNA evidence, resulting in her brother being freed in 2001.

Swank’s playing the title character while Leo portrays the only woman officer at a local police station who’s trying to pin the murder on him.

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