Jodie Foster is set to star in and direct Sugar Kings for Universal Pictures.
The drama scripted by Ned Zeman and Daniel Barnz is about a young lawyer who teams with a veteran public-interest attorney to take on powerful sugar barons who are exploiting cane-cutting migrant workers.
The story comes from Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article titled “In the Kingdom of Big Sugar” in which Universal bought the rights. The article focuses on Alfy and Pepe Fanjul, who owned a sugar-manufacturing empire in Florida. The magnates were hounded by attorney Edward Tuddenham, who charged the brothers treated 20,000 sugar-cane cutters like slave labor, hiding behind their well-developed political connections and social standing.
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