Mahershala Ali On To Star In True-LifePrison Drama Solitary

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According to Variety Two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali is set to both star in and executive produce the prison drama “Solitary” for Fox Searchlight and Anonymous Content.

The project will be based on Albert Woodfox’s 2019 memoir about the 43 years he spent in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s Angola Prison – the longest solitary confinement stint in U.S. history. He spent 23 hours in a 6-by-9 foot cell, with an hour a day in a fenced concrete ‘exercise yard’ but was always alone.

Arrested often as a teenager in New Orleans, Woodfox was finally given a fifty-year sentence for the murder of a white guard during a robbery in 1972 – a crime that he never committed. Without a shred of actual evidence against him, the trial was a sham of justice that gave him life sentences in solitary. Decades passed before Albert gained a lawyer of consequence; even so, sixteen more years and multiple appeals were needed before he was finally released in February 2016.

No director or screenwriter is attached as yet but Jamie Patricof (“The Place Beyond The Pines”) will produce.

Ali was last seen in ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ and TV’s ‘True Detective’, he also lent his voice to ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’. His upcoming projects include Sci-Fi thriller ‘Sovereign’ and animated TV Series ‘Invincible’ as Titan alongside Sandra Oh, J.K. Simmons, Seth Rogan and Zazie Beetz.