Heavens Fall: According to Variety, Leelee Sobieski, Timothy Hutton and David Strathairn are set to star in Heavens Fall, an indie drama based on the trial of the Scottsboro Boys.

Terry Green wrote the script and will direct. He raised the money through his Chicago-based Strata Prods. Filming begins Monday in Monroeville, Ala.

Wade Danielson and Gloria Everett are producing and Norman Twain is exec producer.

Sobieski plays one of two women who accuse nine black youths of rape, making for one of the most volatile trials to take place in the segregated South.

Azura Skye plays the second accuser, who recants and sparks a second trial that might clear the defendants, most of whom received the death penalty.

Hutton plays Sam Leibowitz, a renowned Gotham defense attorney who has never lost a capital case. Bill Sage, Anthony Mackie and James Tolkan round out the cast.

The feature marks a showbiz return for Sobieski after she took time off to attend Brown U. She will move from Heavens Fall to Robert Halmi Sr.'s miniseries "Hercules" for NBC, helmed by Roger Young.

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