Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.
Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran has landed her next lead movie role, playing a real-life figure and one of her close friends.
The actress will star and produce a new biopic based on the life of Amanda Nguyen, a prominent activist for survivors of sexual assault, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The movie also has Tang Yi (All the Crows in the World) attached to direct and write.
It will follow Nguyen's transformation from a survivor of sexual assault to activist. Notably, she wrote a Survivors' Bill of Rights, which inspired a federal US law, and founded the civil rights organisation Rise.
Speaking about the project, Tran – who played Rose Tico in the Star Wars sequel trilogy – said: "Over the years, Amanda's activism has changed the lives of billions, as she continues to make our world safer for sexual assault survivors everywhere. Her courage inspires me every day, and I am honoured to help tell her story."
Nguyen added: "I am deeply grateful to Kelly Marie Tran, Madica Productions and Significant Productions for telling not only my story, but also the story of billions of survivors across the world who are fighting to have our voices heard and our rights recognised.
"Stories are how we tell ourselves dreams are possible. Societal stigma silences rape survivors. My story is not mine alone. I hear from countless survivors the strength they gain from hearing other survivors share their story.
"My hope is that this will make them feel less alone. I am grateful to Kelly for her friendship, for her understanding of our shared Vietnamese American heritage and for her belief that this is a story worth telling."
Meanwhile, last year Tran admitted she didn't know if she could play Rose Tico again, telling IGN: "I miss Rose. I maybe miss who I was when I played her. I feel like, sometimes, I don't know that I could play her now. I feel like I'm different.
"I think so many times in our lifetimes, we are constantly growing and learning and, again, the realm of human experience is so limitless, you can be so many different people at one time, but when I think about Rose specifically and who I was then and how I was able to tap into certain parts of myself, I don't know if I could play her again. I miss parts of her."
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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