The Walking Dead star lands next movie role

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Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.

The Walking Dead star Samantha Morton has landed a new movie role about disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

She Said follows the New York Times reporters uncovering the sexual abuse perpetrated by Weinstein on a number of women over many years while he was running one of Hollywood's biggest production companies.

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are starring as Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the two journalists behind the groundbreaking piece that helped launch the case against him, leading to his arrest and subsequent conviction, and helped bring the #MeToo movement to light.

Photo credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Photo credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-nominated actress Morton will play Zelda Perkins, a former assistant to Weinstein who endured his abuse but who was unable to talk about it after signing non-disclosure agreements.

The film will see Rebecca Lenkiewicz adapt the book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, written by the journalists, with Unorthodox's Maria Schrader at the helm.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Related: Marvel star Gwyneth Paltrow reveals Harvey Weinstein influenced her retirement from acting

Last year, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault – he received a sentence of 20 years in prison for a first-degree criminal sex act and three years for third-degree rape, which will run consecutively.

The 67-year-old had previously been acquitted of a further three charges, including two counts of predatory sexual assault and an alternative count of rape in the first degree. He denied all charges.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information 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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