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Hilary Swank to Star in James Patterson Audible Originals

Hilary Swank, Sanaa Lathan, Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter are set to lend their voices for Audible Originals releasing next year in collaboration with James Patterson Entertainment.

Audible Inc. announced Monday that the stars will narrate three new originals from the author: Zero Tolerance starring Swank, The Justice starring Lathan, and The Coldest Case Season 2 with Paul and Ritter. The three scripted audio drama releases will be available exclusively on Audible.

In Zero Tolerance, Swank will star as Sergeant Jo Barnes whose all-female U.S. Army investigative team is known for solving sex crime cases within the military. After their new mission takes them to the Mojave Desert amid the mysterious disappearance of Private Nichelle Simmons — a soldier who accused a comrade of assault — things take a turn when the accused is set free.

The original, co-written by Duane Swierczynski and also starring Christine Ko, Melonie Diaz and a full cast, will release on Aug. 24.

The Justice is an 8-part audio thriller centered on Beth Garner (Lathan), the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, who becomes entangled in the dark secrets of her mentor and hero, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Clayton Erlenborn. The original, co-written by Aaron Cooley and also starring Susan Kelechi Watson and Luke Tennie, releases in early 2024.


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‘The Good Mother’ Trailer

Hilary Swank is desperate for answers in her latest role.

PEOPLE has the exclusive first trailer for The Good Mother, in which Oscar-winner Swank plays Albany Times-Union journalist Marissa Bennings as she copes with her son Michael’s murder — and searches for his killer with help from his pregnant girlfriend Paige (Olivia Cooke).

Paige reveals that Michael was involved in drug-dealing and tells Marissa he received a suspicious call the night of his death, before the arrival of “$50,000-worth of dirty heroin” at their home.

Marissa and Paige get help in their investigation from Marissa’s other son, a police officer (Midsommar’s Jack Reynor).
A synopsis for the movie describes Marissa and Michael as estranged prior to his death, leading to the “unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend Paige to track down the killers.”

“Together they confront a world of corruption and drugs in the seedy underbelly of a small city in upstate New York,” the synopsis adds. “As they get closer to the truth, they unearth an even darker secret.”

The Good Mother”s director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte tells PEOPLE the idea for the film came from on-set discussions about the opioid crisis as he made his 2016 movie As You Are. The director says the new movie is “full of surprises [that] I think will keep [audiences] guessing.”

“Working with this cast was, and will continue to be, undoubtedly one of the greatest highlights of my career,” he says.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better group of actors or humans. This was a very small movie, shot in downtown Albany, for no money, and they made it feel like we were the biggest movie in the world.”

Joris-Peyrafitte adds that Swank, 49, “truly is unbelievable” to work with.

“A genuine master of her craft with a 1000-foot view of the whole filmmaking process,” he says. “She works so hard, doesn’t compromise and keeps everyone sharp. It was a pleasure, an education and an absolute honor to work with Hilary.”
Aside from Swank, Cooke and Reynor, the movie also stars Hopper Penn, Dilone, Norm Lewis and Karen Aldridge.
The Good Mother (formerly titled Mother’s Milk) is in theaters Sept. 1.


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Vertical Acquires Crime Thriller ‘Mother’s Milk’ Starring Hilary Swank, Olivia Cooke & Jack Reynor

Vertical has picked up rights to the crime thriller Mother’s Milk, directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte (As You Are), with plans to distribute it in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The film in which two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) stars opposite Olivia Cooke (House of the Dragon) and Jack Reynor (Midsommar) will hit theaters across North America beginning September 1, debuting in the other territories shortly thereafter.

Written by Joris-Peyrafitte and Madison Harrison, Mother’s Milk follows journalist Marissa Bennings (Swank) who, after the murder of her estranged son, forms an unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend Paige (Cooke) to track down those responsible for his death. Together they confront a world of corruption and drugs in the underbelly of a small city in upstate New York. And as they get closer to the truth, they unearth an even darker secret.

Also starring Dilone, Hopper Penn, Norm Lewis and Karen Aldridge, the film is produced by Shaun Sanghani of SSS Entertainment, as well as Siena Oberman of Artemis Pictures and Emma Tillinger Koskoff of First Love Films. Swank and Joris-Peyrafitte exec produced along with Peter Winther, Luke Daniels, Brent Stiefel and Justin Lothrop of Votiv Films, Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little of Priority Pictures, Peter Jarowey and Rich Goldberg of Vertical, and Jeffrey Giles and Michael Lurie of The Syndicate.

Sanghani’s SSS Film Capital financed the pic, with his sales banner The Syndicate handling worldwide sales, co-repping domestic with UTA Independent.

Said Mother’s Milk‘s producers of the acquisition, “Vertical has had success with exclusive theatrical releases on several of their recent titles and when we heard they wanted to go down this same path with us, we were thrilled. It’s apparent we all share the same passion and confidence in this beautiful, engaging film that Miles has crafted behind our amazing actors and their top-notch performances.”

“This film will capture your attention from the very first moment,” added Vertical Partner Jarowey. “Hilary and Olivia’s performances are perfection, leaving your heart racing with every twist and turn. It’s a thrill to re-team with producer Shaun Sanghani and be working with Miles again who has delivered a performance driven narrative that is on the pulse of current events here in the US and around the world. We know audiences will be riveted once they are able to see it in theaters this summer.”


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‘Alaska Daily’ Canceled After One Season At ABC

ABC has canceled Hilary Swank-led drama series Alaska Daily after one season. The news is not surprising as the freshman series was not able to establish itself and find a sizable following.

From Tom McCarthy, the series follows fiercely talented and award-winning investigative journalist Eileen Fitzgerald (Swank) who leaves her high-profile New York life behind after a fall from grace to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.

As a reporter for a local metro newspaper, Eileen is investigating a cold case stacked with missing indigenous women with scarce details in desperate need of fresh eyes. The dark spaces where she has to investigate reveal the city’s seedy underbelly that could prove to be dangerous for Eileen as she begins to uncover secrets many would rather stay buried.


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Hilary Swank and Alan Ritchson Star in Trailer for Emotional True Story ‘Ordinary Angels’

Hilary Swank is on a mission to help a struggling widower in Ordinary Angels.

PEOPLE has the exclusive first trailer for the Lionsgate drama, in which Swank, 48, plays Sharon, a “fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed (Alan Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters,” according to an official synopsis.

“With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it,” the synopsis adds. “What unfolds is the inspiring tale of faith, everyday miracles and ordinary angels.”

The trailer begins with Sharon at an alcoholism support group, before it cuts to her discovering the story of the young girl, 5-year-old Michelle, in the newspaper.

“I think this is it,” she declares, inspired to do what she can to help.