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Rosie Perez and Lance Reddick join ‘Still I Rise’

May 27th, 2011 by Paul Martin

The cast of Walden Media’s Still I Rise continues to grow, and the casting announcements remain very impressive.  This week Rosie Perez and Lance Reddick signed onto the film.

Inspired by America’s current education crisis, pic stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two frustrated mothers who team up to transform an inner-city public school in Pittsburgh.

Oscar Isaac and Holly Hunter co-star as a teacher and the head of the teachers union, respectively.  Perez will play a former teacher who is now the poised-yet-frank head of the school board, while Reddick will play Davis’ husband who’s also a teacher.  Daniel Barnz is directing, having recently rewritten Brin Hill’s original script.

Perez, whose last studio pic was 2008’s “Pineapple Express,” earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her turn in “The Take” opposite John Leguizamo, who she recently re-teamed with on the indie comedy “Fugly!”

Reddick is best known for playing Lt. Daniels on HBO’s “The Wire.” He also had a key recurring role on ABC’s “Lost” and recently appeared on the bigscreen in “Jonah Hex.”