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Sharon Leal Joins Cuba Gooding Jr In Underground Railroad Feature 'Something Whispered'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 7, 2013 at 9:40AM

The film is currently in post-production, so we're a little late on this casting news; but I only find out about it over the weekend.
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Sharon Leal

The film is currently in post-production, so we're a little late on this casting news; but I only find out about it over the weekend.

First, a quick recap...  Cuba Gooding Jr.'s stars in Something Whispered, a tale set in 1850, which centers on a man named Samuel (Gooding), who attempts to free his family from institutionalized slavery, intent on escaping from the tobacco plantation they have been forced to call their home for two generations.

Heading north towards Canada, via the Underground Railroad, they are tracked by a group of ruthless hired slave hunters.

Here's one description:

Trains, chains and bales of cotton on location of Something Whispered. Set in the 1850s, it’s the story of one family’s flight to freedom on the underground railroad. Great gospel music and amazing scenes of pre-civil war life in the deep South.

Sharon Leal appears to be playing Cuba's wife in a cast of dozens that I learned also includes William Sadler as one of the other more prominent names. 

Director Peter Cousens' resume is full of lots of TV work, so it could also very well be a made-for-TV movie; or direct-to-video, since Cuba has done lots of direct-to-video work in recent years; although I could be wrong, given how many slave-themed movies are expected to be released this year.

It's worth noting that Leal also plays Cuba's wife in what would have been a new (2012) Fox legal drama series Guilty, which, when we last reported on it last summer, wasn't picked up as a full series; however, at the time, it appeared that it wasn't entirely dead, as the network had reportedly remained interested in it, thanks to strong test scores for its pilot episode, which was directed by McG - particularly in reaction to the series' star, Cuba Gooding Jr, as a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling, and to ultimately exact revenge on the man who set him up.

It certainly sounded promising. We'll see if it ever surfaces.

Sharon Leal was to co-star as Cuba's "savvy and pretty wife."

Leal is busy, having most recently starred in the latest installment of TD JakesWoman Thou Art Loosed! series sub-titled On The Seventh Day, with Blair UnderwoodNicole Beharie, and Pam Grier. Coming up in the next 12 months, look for her in Lionsgate's big screen adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel AddictedKinyarwanda producer Tommy Oliver's feature film diretorial debut titled 1982, and alongside Omari Hardwick in the psychological thriller, The Last Letter.

She's also working on a album!

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