Precious Oscar winner Mo'Nique is set to make her return to acting in Blackbird, an adaptation of Larry Duplechan's 2006 coming-of-age novel.
The 46-year-old actress will star alongside former Grey's Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington in the drama about a teenage boy whose realisation that he is gay rocks his small, religiously conservative town in Mississippi.
At the same time, the youth's parents are going through divorce and his sister goes missing.
Newcomer Julian Walker will play the teen, while Mo'Nique has been tipped to play his mother who blames her son's revelation for his sister's disappearance, according to Deadline.
Speaking about casting Mo'Nique, producer Sidney Hicks said: "Blackbird is a film about the choices people are forced to make as they struggle to figure out how to be themselves. And why should just being who you are be a struggle?
"Since Mo'Nique won the Oscar, we have received numerous scripts, but nothing captured our attention until Isaiah, who we have a high level of respect for, sent us Blackbird.
"We became instant fans of Patrik-Ian Polk [director] and knew we had to get behind this important film."