Kathy Bates, John Malkovich, Lewis Pullman to star in indie drama Thelma

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An impressive cast is forming around upcoming indie drama Thelma, directed by Ken Kwapis.

Although it’s a way off yet, the planned indie drama Thelma may well be a film to keep on your radar as we move through 2022. Casting for the film has been announced, with Kathy Bates and John Malkovich, two legendary screen performers, both signed up. Joining them will be Lewis Pullman, who appeared in Bad Times At The El Royale and will also be featuring in Top Gun: Maverick when it launches later this year.

As first reported by Deadline, the film focuses on ‘the real life story of Thelma Toole (Bates), the mother of the Pulitzer Prize winning author, John Kennedy Toole (Pullman). After John died by suicide before ever seeing the popularity of his fictional writing, A Confederacy of Dunces, Thelma took it upon herself to make sure that the book was published and given the recognition it deserved. After years of unwavering devotion, Thelma was able to deliver the work to author Walker Percy (Malkovich), who helped the book reach new heights. Thelma and Percy won out at last in 1980 when the book was finally published and became an instant classic.’

We’re certainly intrigued by the prospect of seeing Bates and Malkovich working onscreen together, and we’re not alone. Director, Ken Kwapis who has previously worked on The Office and #BlackAF spoke about his excitement at working with two hugely-respected performers, not to mention a gifted young actor, stating “Thelma Toole is one of the most audacious characters I’ve ever encountered, and I can imagine no one better to bring her tenacity to life than Kathy Bates. With rising star Lewis Pullman in the role of her gifted, if doomed, son and John Malkovich playing literary legend Walker Percy, I feel we’re putting together a real confederacy of brilliance.”

As we hear more on this one, including when we can expect to see it, you can be sure we’ll keep you posted.

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