Gabourey Sidibe Set to Make Feature Film Directorial Debut

Gabourey Sidibe (Credit: Shutterstock)

Gabourey Sidibe will be making a power move behind the camera as director of the psychological thriller Pale Horse.

The film comes from production company Gamechanger and CEO Effie T. Brown (Dear White People), Variety reported Thursday.

“I’m super excited to work with Gamechanger on my first feature,” Sidibe said in a statement. “This project is a true stand-out and the character of Naia is a bada–! Effie and Wellington are powerhouse visionaries and I’m so excited to be able to work with them to create this gripping thriller with complex characters.”

The film centers around Naia, a celebrated yet solitary Black YA writer who is dealing with multiple sclerosis. She gets caught up in a storyline of her own when she provides refuge for a man who was once held in captivity with her missing brother.

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Asabi Lee and Paul Hart-Wilden (Wolf Town) are writing the script based on a story by Chris Courtney Martin (The Last Laugh.) Brown and Wellington Love (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) will serve as producers.

“Stories like Pale Horse are long overdue in the entertainment industry, and Gamechanger is dedicated to financing and producing them: entertaining films that offer diversity in storytelling, characters and filmmakers,” Brown said.

The film is set in the Pacific Northwest and is slated to shoot this fall.

Aside from her acting appearances in projects including Precious, Antebellum, and Fox’s Empire, Sidibe is also a writer like Naia. In 2017 she penned her memoir, “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.”