This looks absolutely amazing. Betty Anne Waters is what Oscars are all about and I am extremely excited to see it. The film is based on a true story of a woman, Betty Anne Waters (Swank), who dropped out of high school and never gave up on her belief that her brother Kenneth (Sam Rockwell) had been framed; he was convicted of roberry/murder. She financed her way through law school in order to represent him and eventually he was freed. Wow.
It sounds somewhat like Million Dollar Baby, for which Swank won her second Oscar, but instead with books instead of boxing. Swank truly has a knack for playing these challenging roles and I have no doubt that she will be brilliant in this one.
The film will be released independently this November via Omega Entertainment and is directed by Tony Goldwyn, grandson of mega-producer Samuel Goldwyn. You might also remember him from Ghost where he played the villain.
Betty Anne Waters features a super-talented cast of Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver and Ari Graynor. Crossing fingers this will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this September as the timing looks about right. A test screening held this past December fared very, very well if that's any indication.