Shailene Woodley is taking on a new role.
The 27-year-old Big Little Lies actress will star in the title role of Girl Named Sue, Deadline reported on Thursday (November 14).
The film is based on the true story of DEA agent Sue Webber-Brown “and her role in creating the Drug Endangered Child (DEC) protocol.”
Fernando Coimbra will direct the film, written by Lisa Cole and Mark Monroe, the husband and wife team who wrote the Oscar-winning documentaries The Cove and Icarus.
Here’s a synopsis: “Set in the central California farmland in the ’90s at the height of the crystal meth crisis, Webber-Brown fights her way into the boys’ club of law enforcement where she takes it upon herself to help the small children overlooked during raids. It is a decision that will change her life forever. Risking her career and the safety of her family, she attempts to change the way United States law enforcement and Social Services treat ‘drug endangered’ children, saving thousands of children’s lives. While certain states and counties have mandated Sue’s DEC protocol, it is not yet federal law.”
The project was awarded a tax credit by the California Film Commission, which allows them to shoot in California where the story took place. They plan to begin production in late February next year.