Sophie Okonedo will play the lead role in “Skin,” based on the true story of Sandra Laing – a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era reports Variety.
At birth in 1955, Laing was classified as white, but a genetical quirk had given her dark skin and frizzy hair.
In childhood she was reclassified as colored under apartheid laws and forcibly removed from her whites-only school, despite a legal challenge by her parents.
Anthony Fabian directs this adaptation of the biography “When She Was White” penned by Judith Stone. Shooting starts in May.