Lucy Liu has signed on to play the lead role in Rosemead, a movie adaptation of the LA Times article 'A Dying Mother's Plan'.
Rosemead follows Liu's terminally ill immigrant mother who "takes desperate measures to help her unstable teenage son as she uncovers his growing obsession with mass shootings" (via Deadline).
Discussing the significance of this project, she noted: "This heartbreaking true story shines a light on how important it is to understand all aspects of mental illness, especially in Asian societies.
"I'm excited to be working with Eric [Lin, director] and Marilyn [Fu, screenwriter] to tell a story within our shared culture, and to bring attention to the terrible stigma attached to this disease that can cause individuals and families to become ostracised in their own communities, or in this case, lose their lives."
Fu, who also wrote The Sisterhood of Night and Amazon's 500 Words or Less, further explained: "Creating important roles for Asian women is one of my driving forces as a screenwriter.
"Not only do we need to see people on screen who look like us, but who feel joy, who struggle, and who confront obstacles, like us. Lucy is a pioneer in showing the power in representation, and the perfect conduit for this complicated woman."
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