A stacked cast have signed on to star in a new courtroom drama from director Michelle Danner (The Runner).
Abigail Breslin, Luke Wilson, Andy Garcia, and Donald Sutherland have all boarded Miranda’s Victim, a film written by J. Craig Stiles and George Kolber that tells the true story of Trish Weir, who in 1963 was kidnapped and raped by Ernesto Miranda.
Committed to putting her assailant in prison, Trish’s life is destroyed by America’s legal system as she triggers a law that transforms the nation. Breslin will play Trish, while Wilson will play Lawrence Turoff, the country prosecutor that convinces her to testify and bring her aggressor to justice.
Garcia will portray public defender Alvin Moore, who takes on Miranda’s case, with Sutherland playing Judge Wren, who convicts Miranda for the rape of Weir.
Danner said in a statement: “The first time I read George Kolber‘s riveting script and learned about Trish’s experience, it moved and inspired me. Miranda’s Victim puts us at the intersection between a brutal rape case and and a national movement for civil liberties.”
This will be Danner’s seventh directorial project, with her sixth, action-thriller The Runner, slated for release later this year.
In addition to directing, Danner is also a renowned acting teacher, with her list of students including Christian Slater, Salma Hayek, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz, Chris Rock, Gabrielle Union and Zooey Deschanel.
There is always room to critique America’s flawed legal system, so this story from almost sixty years ago remains relevant. The courtroom drama was once a pretty reliable movie genre that, like a lot of things, has migrated to TV over the last few decades. Miranda’s Victim will be a throwback in that sense, but timely in many other ways.