Sandra Oh will star in an upcoming supernatural horror film centered on a Korean American family, reports Gizmodo.
The film’s title, Umma, is the Korean word for “mother.” Oh will play Amanda, a mother living with her daughter on a farm in the United States. When her mother’s ashes arrive from Korea, Amanda is plagued with a fear of turning into her mother.
Joining Oh are actors Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush, MeeWha Alana Lee and Tom Yi.
According to Deadline, Oh will also serve as an executive producer on the film, alongside Sam Raimi and Zainab Azizi of Raimi Productions and Starlight Media CEO Peter Luo.
The screenplay was written by Iris K. Shim, a Korean American filmmaker. Shim is known for her documentary The House of Suh, which won awards at the San Diego Asian American Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. She will be making her feature film directing debut on Umma.
The film is the first project in a new development deal between Raimi Productions and Starlight Media. Starlight Media, who previously financed Crazy Rich Asians, made the deal with Sam Raimi as part of its $100 million initiative to support diverse filmmakers, reported Variety.
The film has been acquired by Sony Pictures’ Stage 6 Films.
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