Samira Wiley Joins ‘F*cking People’; Fritz Mitchell’s Sports Film ‘It’s Time’ Cast Leading Men

Amanda N'Duka
Deadline

Orange Is The New Black‘s Samira Wiley has been cast as Lana in the dark romantic comedy F*cking People, which is currently in production in Austin, TX. Written and directed by Theresa Bennett, Wiley joins the previously announced cast Noël Wells, Carly Chaikin, Josh Radnor, Aya Cash and Fortune Feistier. The indie follows Zoe (Wells),  struggling to keep her head above water with her failing business and her failing love life. Startled to find herself falling in love with Paul (Radnor), she’s devastated to learn that he’s married, with kids, and has to rise above her life and finally fight for what she wants. Mason Novick and Michelle Knudsen are exec producing while Ash Christian serves as producer. Wiley film credits include Nerve and 37. She is repped by Innovative Artists.

Pierson Fode´(Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List) and Sedale Threatt Jr.(Roots) are set to topline Fritz Mitchell’s sports film It’s Time, based true story of NCAA players Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins and Brad Gaines’ friendship after a tragic accident during a Vanderbilt v. Ole Miss football game in 1989.  Mullins was paralyzed when making a hit on Gaines, a running back from Vanderberbilt.  Both men lost something that day; Mullins lost the ability to move and Gaines, a man of faith, suffered a loss to his spirit. The two eventually became friends, and ultimately brothers. Timmy Richardson and Bradford Gaines Jr. (son of real-life Brad Gaines) co-star. Wendy Yamano of Mt. Phil Films is producing. Mitchell and Yamano were the team behind the documentary of the same name that aired on the SEC Network. The script was written by Jeff Sarokin and is currently being shot in Mississippi.  Fodé is repped by Innovative Artists and Zero Gravity Management and Threatt Jr. is repped by Principal Entertainment.

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