Lawrence Fishburne and Clifton Collins Jr. star in “Frank and Louis.” Movies
Lawrence Fishburne and Clifton Collins Jr. starred in “Frank and Louis.”
The couple has joined the cast of the prison drama, directed by Petra Volpe for participants, Zodiac Pictures and Peachtree and Vine Productions by Tyler Perry.
The film tells the story of a man serving a life sentence who gets a job caring for elderly and infirm prisoners suffering from memory loss.
What begins as a selfish request for parole is transformed into an emotional and transformative relationship that gives a glimpse of redemption in an irreconcilable environment.
Volpe is directing from a screenplay she co-wrote with Esther Bernstorf.
The director said in a statement: “I feel deep gratitude to the imprisoned people I met while researching this project, and I can’t wait to convey this touching and timely story to the audience.
“Hopefully, this film will contribute to an important conversation about aging, mental health and the prison system.”
David Linde, CEO of Participant, added: “It’s amazing to see this project develop. Tyler Perry, who joins this incredible team, combined with Petra, Clifton and Lawrence, brings such a unique creative dynamic to a powerful story that demonstrates as shared compassion does for a unifying, exciting experience. ”
In another statement, Perry said: “I have long been a supporter of Participant and the company’s commitment to a story that inspires social change.
“As a supporter of prison reform, the story of ‘Frank and Louis’ and its strong themes have resonated with me, and I’m excited to be part of the creative team that brings that story to life.”
Fishburn is best known for his role as Morpheus in the Matrix franchise, and Collins Jr. has appeared in films such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Pacific.