Congrats to Sherri Shepherd who has joined Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear to co-star in biopic Brian Banks!! The script was written by Doug Atchison and directed by Tom Shadyac for producers Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures and Amy Baer’s Gidden Media.
The biopic tells the story of Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole.
With the help of the California Innocence Project, spearheaded by Justin Brooks (Kinnear), the criminal defense attorney and CIP co-founder, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012. He briefly played with the Atlanta Falcons in the 2013 preseason. Shepherd will portray Banks’ mother, Leomia, who was the glue that kept Banks together during his trial.
Stay tuned for more details on this upcoming project!