Hilary Swank is set to star in Betty Anne Waters, a drama to be directed by Tony Goldwyn, reports Variety.
The story is about a single mother who worked her way through law school in order to free her brother, who was wrongfully convicted of murder.
Omega Entertainment is financing and will distribute worldwide. The film, from a script by Pamela Gray, will shoot in January in Michigan. Andrew Sugerman (Shopgirl) is producing with Andrew S. Karsch (The Prince of Tides) and Goldwyn; Swank will be executive producer.
Swank will play the title role in the true story of a high school dropout who would not give up her belief that her brother, Kenneth, had been framed. In between raising kids and waiting tables, she worked her way through college and law school so she could represent her brother after he’d used up his attempts to appeal his conviction through public defenders.