Halle Berry is set to star in the biopic, Tulia for Lionsgate; Carl Franklin is in talks to direct.

She'll play a lawyer investigating an infamous Texas drug bust in the film, notes The Hollywood Reporter; it's based on the nonfiction book, Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town by Nate Blakeslee. The film centers on the 1999 arrests of 46 black men in the impoverished town of Tulia, Texas - a sting effort where no money, drugs or illegal weapons were found on any of the suspects. Berry will portray the lead attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which intervened to free the citizens wrongly convicted based on one crooked cop's testimony.

Karen Croner wrote the screenplay; production on Tulia begins May 1 in Louisiana.