Winterstate Entertainment is creating a biopic surrounding Lena O. Smith, a Minneapolis civil rights leader who eventually became the state’s first female African American attorney. The historical biopic has just been announced by Deadline, but the team is working quickly to cast the lead roles and find a director for the project.
Lena O. Smith was a crucial figure in the Minneapolis civil rights movement and eventually became president of the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP. She was incredibly strong and eventually became the state’s first female African American attorney.
Writer and producer Hamid Torabpour stated, “In the wake of the protests that have shaken the nation, there are strikingly modern echoes in the life and times of lawyer and activist Lena O. Smith. We find it especially profound that George Floyd was murdered less than ten blocks from where Lena bravely stood in the face of danger, to fight her landmark battle against injustice. With all that has transpired in Minnesota, we are compelled to tell this amazing woman’s story and hope that it inspires people to create the change that we all need.”
There is no word on when production will begin on the project, given that COVID-19 has delayed all film production.