After the Oscar-nominated film about an Algerian immigrant, Monsieur Lazhar’s Philippe Falardeau is set to direct The Good Lie which centers on a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War.
Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star in the upcoming indie drama inspired by real events with screenplay by Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire).
The film focuses on
a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. They develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to his new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.
There’s currently no start date scheduled for The Good Lie production.
The big question for Nagle: Could she expand her talent for Prohibition era gangsters (Warm Bodies) and apply it to a contemporary social drama?
As for Witherspoon, she’ll next be seen opposite Matthew McConaughey in Jeff Nicholls’s third film Mud and she’ll produce an upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s critically acclaimed novel Gone Girl.