The Shadow King Movie

The Shadow King movie production status is currently Development

April 25, 2020 • Story selection and rights acquired; idea being crafted into usable script; financing and casting attachments sought; aiming for 'greenlight'.

Who's Involved:

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Kasi Lemmons

Release Date:

To Be Announced (TBA)

Rating: N/A

Runtime: N/A

Plot: What's the story about?

Set in 1935 Ethiopia with the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane & his wife Aster's household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into a flinty cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. As the war begins in earnest, Hirut, Aster, and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms against the Italians.

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Cast: Who stars in it?

No cast available.

Crew: Who's making The Shadow King

A look at the The Shadow King behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Kasi Lemmons last directed Harriet and Black Nativity. The film's writer Kasi Lemmons last wrote Harriet and Black Nativity.


Kasi Lemmons


Charles Roven
Richard Suckle

Production Company

Atlas Entertainment

The Shadow King Trailers & Videos

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Production: What we know about The Shadow King

Key Facts

  1. To be based on the novel by Maaza Mengiste which was published in September 2019.

Filming Timeline

On or about April 25, 2020, the film was in Development status.

The Shadow King Release Date: When is it coming out?

The Shadow King is coming out To Be Announced (TBA).

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