Letitia Wright, Michael K. Williams and Jamie Bell have been set to star in the upcoming film, Surrounded. It is from acclaimed music video director Anthony Mandler, who made his feature film directorial debut with 2018’s All Rise, adapted from Walter Dean Myers’ Monster. 

The film will begin production next month in October. This is the first film from Blackhand Media, a partnership between Mandler and BRON Studios. The screenplay is by Andrew Pagana and Justin Thomas.

Here’s the description: Five years after the Civil War, former Buffalo Soldier Moses “Mo” Washington travels West to lay claim on a gold mine bequeathed by her late slaveowner father. It is a mean, dangerous world for an unaccompanied Black woman and so Mo travels into the deep frontier disguised as a man. After her stagecoach is ambushed, she is tasked with holding a dangerous outlaw captive and must survive the day when the bandit’s gang tries to free him. 

It is produced by BRON’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Anthony Mandler and Derek Iger for Blackhand, Mandalay’s Jason Michael Berman, and Letitia Wright and Ade O’Adesina of 3.16.  Jason Cloth, William Green and Aaron Ginsberg are the executive producers. Brent Morris is the line producer/UPM.

“I couldn’t be more excited that Surrounded is the first film under my partnership with Aaron L. Gilbert’s BRON and the Blackhand Media banner,” said Mandler. “I’ve always loved the Western genre and the opportunity to tell this story from the eyes of a black female during the Wild West is an honor.


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