As filmmaker Lee Daniels gears up to unveil his latest piece of work, Push, to the Sundance Film Festival next week, BlackVoices.com has obtained the above exclusive image from the gritty drama.
The eagerly anticipated film, based on the best-selling book of the same name, boasts an all-star cast including Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Kimberly Russell, and Sherri Shepherd of The View.
Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe plays the starring role.
Push tells the story of a confused, overweight African-American girl named Clareece "Precious" Jones. Verbally and sexually abused by her family, her troubles lead to problems in school. Precious, as she is known, has no friends, no money, two kids (from her father), and she's illiterate. She is accepted into an alternative school where a teacher (played by Patton) helps her find an alternative path in her life. Along her journey, she comes across a concerned social worker (played by Carey) and a nurse (played by Kravitz).
I haven't read the book, although I've heard great things about it from those I know who have.
I'll guess that, despite the books already built-in audience, the film will likely have some difficulty finding a distributor, even with Sundance on its resume.