Oscar Winner Geena Davis To Play Lead In Leena Yadav’s Next Film
Oscar-winner Geena Davis has signed up as the lead actress in Leena Yadav’s upcoming film Cowgirl’s Last Ride. The film narrates the story of “an ailing but still rebellious Texas cowgirl who escapes a Dallas nursing home to live what’s left of her life on her own terms.”
The story is composed by eighth-generation Texan Kris Hunt, who has used his own personal experiences from growing up on the eastern edge of Dallas.
- Geena Davis won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 1988 for the film The Accidental Tourist.
- She is known for her strong portrayal of female characters in films like Thelma & Louis, and television series Commander in Chief.
- Leena Yadav’s 2015 film Parched premiered in Toronto and was named Best of the Fest at Palm Springs.
- Yadav’s next Cowgirl’s Last Ride will see Davis as an ailing Texas cowgirl on the run.
The Story Of A Texas Cowgirl
The story revolves around a rebellious cowgirl, who escapes a Dallas nursing home to live what’s left of her life on her own terms. As she continues with her perilous journey to her native East Texas, she is pursued by her son Randall, who cares about his mother, despite the dysfunctional relationship he shared with her since his childhood.
The story has been written by eighth-generation Texan Kris Hunt, who found inspiration from his own personal experiences of growing up on the eastern edge of Dallas. The movie is being produced by the LA production firm Resonate Entertainment.
Geena Davis won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 1988 for the film The Accidental Tourist.
“The central character bucks gender stereotypes and speaks to the sacrifices that are made by women who break rules and forge their own path, We’re thrilled to work with Geena Davis, who I’ve known for over 25 years starting when I was an executive at 20th Century Fox. Now with my Resonate partners plus Leena and Aseem, we get to make some new history with our creative collaboration on Cowgirl’s,” Susan Cartsonis of Resonate Entertainment told Deadline.com.
Geena Davis: A Champion Gender Activist
Back in 2004, Geena Davis, who is also a gender activist, founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which is a non-profit organization that researches gender representation in media and advocates for equal representation of women. She also founded the Bentonville Film Festival in 2015. Davis told Variety, “The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is dedicated to improving the representation in gender and diversity of talent, filmmakers, and business leaders by growing awareness through research, education, and advocacy. The Bentonville Film Festival is a critical component of how we can directly impact the quantity and quality of females and minorities on-screen and behind-the-scenes.”
A study by the Institute in partnership with J.Walter Thompson, shows that 53 percent of women globally think that there is a lack of female role models in film and TV. Eighty percent of women said that females should have a louder voice in influencing culture. The institute also found that the percentage of fictional women in the workforce is even lower than the one which exists in reality.
Also, Davis had partnered with Google to create the GD-IQ tool which helps analyze the content of ads and aggregate the data. Companies can analyse how much speaking and screen time women get, and also how they are portrayed.
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