Cory Hardrict to Star in Indie Drama ‘Karen’ – Film Briefs – Deadline

Cory Hardrict joined Orange is the new black alum Taryn Manning in Karine, the independent thriller from writer and director Coke Daniels. Manning, who produces the indie, will play Karen White, who believes that races should stick to their “own gender” and brings that belief to her neighborhood. Hardrict will play the role of Malik, an Atlanta community activist dedicated to his wife and fighting against social injustices. When Malik and his wife, Assata, become Karen’s new neighbor, she makes it her personal mission to get them out of the neighborhood, by any means necessary. However, Assata and Malik don’t have time for this and don’t go down without a fight.

Manning is producing the pic with Daniels and Craig Chapman. Burke Management Firm founders Vanzil Burke and Victor Burke will serve as executive producers.

Hardrict’s film credits include Clint Eastwood American sniper and Gran Torino as well as Los Angeles Warby Netflix Brotherly Loveand the outpost, which he also produced. Then he appeared in Sean McEwen’s crime drama, The Dougherty Gang. Hardrict is replaced by Buchwald and lawyer Karl Austen.


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