Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria, The White Lotus) has signed on to star in Tina Satter‘s debut feature film about whistleblower Reality Winner.
The cast will also feature Marchánt Davis and Josh Hamilton, and is inspired by Satter’s own play Is This A Room, which had a critically acclaimed run on Broadway last autumn. Satter has written the script with James Paul Dallas.
Winner was a former American intelligence specialist who was arrested in 2017 on suspicion of leaking an intelligence report about Russian meddling in the 2016 election from the National Security Agency to news website The Intercept.
The report indicated that Russian hackers accessed voter registration rolls in the United States with an email phishing operation, though it was unclear whether any changes had been made. She was given the longest sentence ever for the unauthorized release of government information to the media – five years and three months.
Satter’s play is based on the transcript of Winner’s interview by the FBI, so the film will likely only involve a few characters. But there should be plenty of interest in a project based on such a fascinating true story and real person.
Sweeney has an impressive TV resume, as she currently stars in Euphoria and has featured in The Handmaid’s Tale, Sharp Objects, and The White Lotus.
She’s gearing up for a role in SSU film Madame Web, which will star Dakota Johnson, and she’s also got crime drama National Anthem in the works.