Showtime Greenlights Controversial Film 'Soldier's Girl' About Gays In the Military
[NEW YORK, NY] - Known for bringing such
controversial films to television as the Golden Globe(R)-winning DIRTY PICTURES, RATED X and THE BELIEVER, Showtime Networks Inc. has greenlit SOLDIER'S GIRL, which is based on the true and tragic story of a young soldier beaten to death for falling in love with a transgendered nightclub performer. Frank Pierson ("Conspiracy" and
the SHOWTIME Original DIRTY PICTURES) has been set to direct the Showtime Original Picture. Troy Garity ("Bandits"), Lee Pace
("Cutting Loose") and Sean Hatosy ("Outside Providence"), will star.
SOLDIER'S GIRL recounts the story of Barry Winchell, a 21-year-old private first class, played by Troy Garity. Winchell fell in love with Calpernia Addams, a beautiful transgendered nightclub performer played by Lee Pace. The movie details their relationship pitted against the growing animosity of Winchell's roommate, Justin
Fisher (Shawn Hatosy). In SOLDIER'S GIRL, Fisher ignites anti-gay sentiment in the barracks which ultimately leads to Barry's beating death in 1999 by fellow soldiers.
Linda Gottlieb ("Dirty Dancing," "Citizen Cohn") and Doro Bachrach ("Dirty Dancing," "Citizen Cohn" "Truman") serve as
executive producers. SOLDIER'S GIRL was written by Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia," "Mrs. Soffel") who also serves as the film's co-producer. The film is a Bachrach/Gottlieb production. Joan
Boorstein is the creative executive on behalf of Showtime Networks.
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