‘Harriet’ Filmmaker Kasi Lemmons Bringing WWII Female Soldiers Novel ‘The Shadow King’ To Big Screen With Atlas Entertainment

Kasi Lemmons will adapt and direct Maaza Mengiste’s historical fiction novel The Shadow King about the Ethiopian women soldiers, left out of the historical record, who went to battle against Mussolini’s invading army in 1935 Ethiopia.

Atlas Entertainment is producing.The novel follows, Aster, the wife of a commander in Haile Selassie’s overwhelmed army, and her household servant Hirut, who long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead.

Together they offer a plan to maintain morale among Ethiopians, eventually becoming warriors and inspiring other women to take up arms against the Italians.More from DeadlineAtlas Entertainment Launches Atlas Literary With Acquisition of HertzbergMediaGolden Globes Red Carpet: Lulu Wang, Lorene Scafaria, Kasi Lemmons And More Talk Lack Of Women And People Of Color As NomineesFocus Features’ ‘Harriet‘ & ‘Dark Waters’ Put Spotlight On Struggles Of Real-Life Heroes – The Contenders NYPublished in September 2019 by W.

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