Date: 13th January 2023
Tyler Perry’s upcoming Netflix film "Six Triple Eight" has lined up an all-star cast, led by Kerry Washington and Oprah Winfrey.
Kerry Washington will exec produce and star in Six Triple Eight, the WWII drama that Tyler Perry is writing, directing and producing for Netflix, which has now entered production. She's joined in the ensemble by such screen icons as Sam Waterston, Susan Sarandon and Oprah Winfrey.
In addition to directing and producing the film, Perry also wrote the screenplay, based on an article by Kevin M. Hymel published in WWII History Magazine by Sovereign Media about the 6888th Postal Directory Battalion, made up of 855 Black women.
When these women joined the war effort, they were given the herculean task of sorting through and delivering the three-year backlog of undelivered mail.
For nearly 75 years, their story has been kept out of history books and away from the national spotlight. But, on March 14, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill for the women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honour.
"Facing discrimination, unfamiliar land, and a war-torn country, they persevered and sorted over 17 million pieces of mail, reconnecting American soldiers with their families and loved ones back home," the film’s official synopsis reads.
The project marks Perry's fourth film for the streamer after "A Fall From Grace", "A Madea Homecoming" and "A Jazzman's Blues". He recently signed a deal that will soon see him making films for Amazon Studios.
Source: Press Release
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