Halle Berry’s next movie role will center on the true story of Tierney Cahill, a teacher from Reno, Nev. who accepted a challenge from her sixth grade class to run for Congress in 2000.
The actress will portray Cahill in the DreamWorks drama, titled “Class Act.” The filmmakers have taken a rare turn in casting an African American actress to portray a woman who is white in real life. Sources close to the production tell Variety that it was more important to find the right actress for the role rather than the right white actress.
In 2000, Cahill decided to grant the wishes of her students and run for Congress on the condition that they would help with her campaign. The single mother ultimately lost her bid to an incumbent, but she ended up winning 35% of the popular vote.
DreamWorks recently acquired “Class Act” in turnaround from Revolution Studios with the goal of putting it into production in May or June.
In the meantime, Berry is currently filming the DreamWorks drama “Things We Lost In the Fire,” and will next be seen in the adult thriller “Perfect Stranger,” due in theaters May 2007 from Sony.