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Octavia Spencer Is Busy. Books Co-Starring Role In DreamWorks Comedy Feature 'Las Madres' Playing A Bounty Hunter

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 9, 2014 at 12:18PM

Octavia Spencer Books Co-Starring Role In DreamWorks Comedy Feature 'Las Madres' Playing A Bounty Hunter
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Octavia Spencer is busy... in case you haven't been paying attention. In both TV and film, the actress hasn't stopped working since her Oscar winning performance in The Help, despite suggestions by some at the time that she would face immense challenges in staying employed in Hollywood. 


Well, she most certainly has stayed employed - practically non-stop!

With a handful of projects already coming down the pike, we can also now add a co-starring role (alongside Leslie Mann) in the DreamWorks comedy feature Las Madres, which follows three unemployed friends who decide to become bounty hunters in order to help with their dire financial predicaments. 

To be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clarke for Bluegrass Films, the script, originally penned by Lona Williams, is being rewritten by Pam Brady

Octavia Spencer's upcoming slate includes: starring in a 2-night event mini-series on OWN, which will tell the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history, where over 300 people were believed to have been murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The mini-series centers on Mattie Clay (Spencer), a journalist from Tulsa, who moved to Chicago with the hopes of getting off the society pages and away from racism. Mattie's journey eventually brings her back home to Tulsa where she must face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies; Universal Pictures' James Brown biopic, Get on Up, in which Spencer plays Brown's Aunt Honey who runs a brothel; then there's Red Band Society - A TV remake of the lauded Spanish series Pulseras Rojas, which tells the story of a group of Catalan children and teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital. Octavia Spencer will play a Nurse Jackson, who's described as a tough, intuitive nurse who's very good at her job. But despite her hard exterior, she is very sympathetic to the kids on her ward (the project is set up at Fox, and booked a series order; She'll be co-starring with Danny Glover in the film adaptation of the YA novel The Great Gilly Hopkins, in a tale about a wisecracking 12-year old who is moved repeatedly from foster home to foster home, outwitting them all, until she meets her match; And she'll be appearing alongside Quvenzhane Wallis in the drama, Fathers and Daughters, which is based on a Black List script penned by Brad Desch; and this summer, catch her in Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's latest film, the futuristic action move Snowpiercer


And that's not all...

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