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Miranda’s Victim – Vertical picks up the new crime drama

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Vertical has acquired North American rights to Michelle Danner’s film Miranda’s Victim. The story is by George Kolber & Richard Lasser and J. Craig Stiles with Screenplay by J. Craig Stiles, and stars Abigail Breslin, Ryan Phillippe, Luke Wilson, Emily VanCamp, Mireille Enos, Enrique Murciano, Josh Bowman, Brent Sexton, Sebastian Quinn, Taryn Manning, Nolan Gould, Dan Lauria, Michael Mulheren, Kyle MacLachlan with Andy Garcia and Donald Sutherland.

Based on true events, this drama follows eighteen-year-old Trish Weir (Abigail Breslin) who in 1963 was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. After a voluntary confession, her assailant, Ernesto Miranda (Sebastian Quinn), is convicted but the verdict is later overturned by the US Supreme Court since his confession was made without an attorney present. In the resulting retrial, a determined prosecutor (Luke Wilson) seeks to hold Miranda fully accountable notwithstanding defense attorney’s (Ryan Phillippe) rigorous defense. What follows is a legal proceeding that will forever change the nation’s justice system.

Director, Michelle Danner noted “This is a story about courage and justice. Within the court of law, it was a case of personal justice, but what makes it fascinating is that it ends up becoming iconic justice.”

Vertical’s SVP of Acquisitions Tony Piantedosi commented, “Abigail and Sebastian deliver powerful performances that capture the frustration and empowerment in this historic criminal case. Under Michelle Danner’s direction, Miranda’s Victim unravels in a poignant, masterful story between a young girl and her assailant, and how one case can change the future of the legal system.”

The film is produced by George Kolber, Valerie Debler, Alexandra Guarnieri, Michelle Danner and Brian Drillinger, and executive producered by Steven Lee Jones, Richard Kolber, Maria Kolber, Richard Lasser, Red Devil Productions, LLC and Arclight Films’ Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye and Pia Patatian. Pierluigi “Gigi” Malavasi is the film’s cinematographer and the film’s composer is Holly Amber Church.

Vertical’s Partner Peter Jarowey and Piantedosi negotiated the deal on behalf of Vertical; CAA Media Finance negotiated the deal on behalf of the production.

Arclight Films is handling international sales for the film.

The film is slated for a day-and-date release on October 6, 2023.

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