Per Deadline, Zazie Beetz and Melissa Leo have signed on to star in a drama titled Shelter.
Jennifer Gerber is directing from a script by David Rysdahl, which revolves around a troubled father who reconnects with his estranged daughter after they find themselves homeless in the middle of a winter storm. Desperate for shelter, the duo returns to his mother’s home in rural Minnesota, where they fake an illness in hopes of quickly getting back on their feet.
Mandalay Pictures will produce, while Sam Rockwell is a part of a crew of executive producers. Director Gerber said of the project:
“At a time when this country is so politically divided, I’m thrilled to be working with such an incredible cast and crew to deliver a timely story about forgiveness and hope”.
Leo previously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Fighter, and has always been game for these kinds of indie dramas. Frozen River and 21 Grams come to mind. Beetz has developed into a budding star, taking roles in various eclectic projects including Deadpool 2, High Flying Bird, and Joker, along with her recurring role on Atlanta.
Gerber has only directed one feature film, but the involvement of Beetz and Leo should give the film a solid enough platform. Filming will take place on location in Minnesota.