Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star in Kidnapping Drama ‘An Untamed State’

“Concussion” star Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in kidnapping drama “An Untamed State,” with Gina Prince-Bythewood set to direct for Fox Searchlight.

Michael De Luca, whose credits include “The Social Network” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will produce through his De Luca Productions banner with Prince-Bythewood. Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel will exec produce.

The story is an adaptation of Roxane Gay’s debut novel, published in 2014. Prince-Bythewood and Gay will co-write the adaptation of the story of a Haitian American woman kidnapped in Haiti for ransom in front of her husband and child; her captivity as her father refuses to pay; and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Prince-Bythewood and Mbatha-Raw teamed on “Beyond the Lights.” Mbatha-Raw also starred in “Belle.”

Prince-Bythewood is currently exec producing the 10-hour series “Shots Fired” with husband Reggie Rock Bythewood for Fox, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema.

Gay also wrote the bestseller “Bad Feminist.”

Prince-Bythewood, Mbatha-Raw and DeLuca are represented by CAA. Prince-Bythewood is also represented by attorneys Nina Shaw and Gordon M. Bobb at Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano; Mbatha-Raw by Authentic Talent and Literary and the U.K.’s Curtis Brown Group; and De Luca by Harold Brown and Tara Kole at Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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