BRITISH ACTRESS Gugu Mbatha-Raw will take on the roll of Mary Seacole in a new historical drama.
The film, which will be produced by Racing Green Pictures, will centre on Mary Seacole’s life as a pioneering Jamaican nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War.
Racing Green Pictures told Variety that it is looking to back prestige films, many of which have “strong social messages”.
Billy Petereson, the producer behind the production company, said in a statement: “Mary Seacole was an extraordinary woman, and I’m proud to bring her story to today’s audiences with the hope that they will be inspired by her kindness and tenacity.”
“‘Seacole’ perfectly encapsulates the mission of Racing Green Pictures, which is to use first-class filmmaking to tell important stories, and I look forward to both this film and to other exciting projects in the near future.”
The project is said to be focused on Seacole’s work on the battlefield alongside her rivalry with Florence Nightingale.
Mbatha-Raw will star alongside Avatar actor Sam Worthington. Seacole will shoot over the next two months in Malta, Romania and London and is predicted to be ready for the festival circuit in 2020.