Melissa Leo Joins “Betty Ann Waters”

Melissa Leo has joined the cast of the indie drama “Betty Ann Waters” for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Omega Entertainment reports Variety.

“Betty Ann Waters” centers on an unemployed single mother (Hilary Swank) who saw her brother (Sam Rockwell) begin serving a life sentence in 1983 for murder and robbery.

Convinced that he was innocent, she earned a law degree and challenged the conviction with DNA evidence, resulting in her brother being freed in 2001.

Leo portrays the only woman officer at a local police station who’s trying to pin the murder on him. Minnie Driver also stars.

Tony Goldwyn directs from a script rewritten by Richard LaGravenese from Pamela Gray. Shooting kicks off this week in Ann Arbor, Michigan.