Newcomer Geraldine Viswanathan to Star in Overbrook’s ‘Hala’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Geraldine Viswanathan is set to star in the indie pic “Hala” with Overbrook Entertainment producing.

Jack Kilmer, Anna Chlumsky, Gabriel Luna, Azad Khan, Purbi Joshi and Taylor Blim round out the ensemble. Minhal Baig is directing from a script she wrote.

The Overbrook Entertainment production is co-financed by Endeavor Content. The story follows a teenage Muslim girl’s coming-of-age in Chicago.

The film is currently in production in Chicago. Besides Baig, 65% of the key crew are women as well as all department heads and the film’s editor. It’s the first feature film for Baig, a Chicago native. She is repped by WME, 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson Heller.

Jada Pinkett Smith will exec produce. Her foundation WJSFF (Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation) a media initiative launched to help foster diversity and inclusion in the entertainment business, played a huge part in putting the film together. Marsha L. Swinton, Ari Lubet and Aaron Carr are also exec producing.

Viswanathan, who is repped by WME, 3 Arts, and Mollison Keightley Management in Australia, also recently joined the cast of TBS’ “Miracle Workers.”

Chlumsky is repped by WME and Liebman Entertainment. Kilmer is repped by CAA and Luna is repped by UTA, Washington Square Films.

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