Lee Daniels To Executive Produce Lesbian Drama ‘Pimp’ Starring Keke Palmer
Lee Daniels will executive produce the indie urban drama Pimp. The film is written and directed by Christine Crokos and is a love story starring Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Haley Ramm (The Originals), Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Mike E. Winfield (Conversations in L.A.), Edi Cathegi (Twilight) and DMX.
Pimp is set on the rough streets of the Bronx and centers on Wednesday (Palmer), who is born into the gritty world of hustling, where she learns the game from her dad. Once he’s gone, she is left to look out for her mother (Ellis) and her girlfriend Nikki (Ramm). In need of more money, Nikki decides to hit the streets for Wednesday for a dream at a better life. In a ferocious battle of survival, Wednesday comes face to face with a pimp (Gathegi) who runs a more dangerous game, leaving Wednesday to fight for love and risk all to save Nikki.
Daniels is a producer, director and writer. He produced Monster’s Ball and directed Precious, which received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Director; it won two of the awards. In 2012, Daniels directed The Butler. Daniels is also a co-creator, executive producer, and director of the television series Empire and Star, which debuted in 2015 and 2016, respectively.