‘A Quiet Place’ star Millicent Simmonds will play Helen Keller in new biopic

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According to People magazine, “Helen and Teacher” is an upcoming film about Keller’s relationship with his translator and partner, the late Anne Sullivan. “Marvel’s Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan will play Sullivan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmonds, who is deaf, is a distant cousin with Keller.

Los Angeles: A Quiet Place actress Millicent Simmonds will play the deaf, blind and disability rights activist Helen Keller in a new biopic.

According to People magazine, “Helen and Teacher” is an upcoming film about Keller’s relationship with his translator and partner, the late Anne Sullivan. “Marvel’s Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan will play Sullivan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmonds, who is deaf, is a distant cousin with Keller.

‘Helen and Teacher’ is set in the early 1900s, during a tumultuous time at Keller’s “Radcliffe College” at Harvard University, when her rapidly expanding worldview and sexual awakening make her conflict directly with the more conservative Sullivan. When Ms. Sullivan is in love with the youth and the brilliant publisher, John Massey, tensions rise between the two women who jeopardize their bonds of friendship,” according to a synopsis of the film, according to Deadline. .

The upcoming biopic is from director Wash Westmoreland, who has directed films like ‘Still Alice’ and ‘Colette’. In a statement, Westmoreland said “Helen & Teacher” shows a new side of the disability rights advocate that is not widely known to the public.

“Most people only know about Helen Keller’s story when she was a child. Helen & Teacher would see her as a young adult when she developed a radical, world-changing political voice,” he said.

Westmoreland said, “Today, when some TikTok threads dispute Helen Keller’s achievements and even her existence, it is time for a film that shows her relevance, her talent and her unwavering spirit. “

Simmonds booked her first leading role in ‘Wonderstruck’, in which she starred opposite Julianne Moore. Since then, she has gone on to appear in the John Krasinski horror film “A Quiet Place” and its sequel, “A Quiet Place Part II”. His credits also include “Andi Mack”, “This Close” and “Close Up”.

The actor told People magazine in 2017 that he hoped more deaf people “will have the opportunity to become actors” in the future, and opened up about his unexpected foray into the industry.

“I never thought about becoming a professional actress. I thought I was going to be a cop or a fireman, something that involved danger,” she said at the time.

“But I was always comical and told stories and used a lot of expressions. My high school drama teacher recognized I had talent and asked my mom for permission so I could join a drama club. The school was into performances, mainly Shakespearean and comedic roles. I just accidentally became an actor. I totally didn’t expect it,” Simmonds said.

“Helen and Teacher” comes from a screenplay by Letitia Mickles and Westmoreland, who consulted with the Helen Keller National Center for Youth and Adults. Principal photography on the film will begin next year, and a premiere date has yet to be determined.

First published:October 16, 2021, 11:20 am

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