America Ferrera Making American Tragic

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“Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera will topline and executive produce the drama American Tragic, with Ryan Piers Williams directing from his own screenplay, reports Variety.

Maya Entertainment will produce and distribute the film, with Heather Rae (Frozen River) serving as producer. Sergio Aguero (Y tu mama tambien) will executive produce alongside Ferrera.

American Tragic centers on a young war vet, played by newcomer Ryan O’Nan, who sets off across the country with a buddy to find redemption. Ferrera will play his wife and Melissa Leo (Frozen River) his mother.

Production starts in February in New Mexico for a projected fall 2009 release.