Vertical Entertainment has released the first trailer and poster for Miss Virginia, a drama inspired by a true story of a struggling inner-city mother who sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Unwilling to allow her son to stay in a dangerous school, she launches a movement that could save his future – and that of thousands like him. Starring Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”), Matthew Modine (“Stranger Things”), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), and Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”). The film was directed by R. J. Daniel Hanna from a script by Erin O’Connor.
According to the official plot synopsis:
Based on a true story MISS VIRGINIA stars Uzo Aduba as an impoverished single mother who is losing her fifteen year-old son to the rough streets of Washington D.C. Unwilling to see him drop out and deal drugs, she places him in a private school. But when she can’t afford tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying him and thousands like him. Attacked and threatened by those who don’t want change –from corrupt politicians to the local drug lord, Virginia must discover depths of strength she never knew she had.
“The Miss Virginia team is delighted to partner with Vertical in bringing the inspiring true story of Virginia Walden Ford to audiences across the US,” said writer-producer Erin O’Connor, in a statement distributed to the press. “Her story is one of grit, determination, and the transformative power of a mother who refuses to give up on her son.”
Vertical Entertainment will be releasing the film in select theaters and On Demand and Digital HD on October 18th, 2019.