Gugu Mbatha-Raw Tapped To Star in Kidnapping Thriller, ‘An Untamed State’

Concussion star, Gugu Mbatha-Raw will be reuniting with director Gina Prince-Bythewood for An Untamed State – a thriller based on the 2014 novel by Roxanne Gay.


Fox Searchlight has acquired the rights to the film that will be co-written by Prince-Bythewood and Gay. An Untamed State will illustrate the harrowing story of a Haitian woman who ends up being abducted in front of her husband and child. The aftermath of the kidnapping will also be explored as she deals with the horrific realization that she may never be set free.

Both Mbatha-Raw and Prince-Bythewood collaborated on the 2014 romantic film – Beyond the Lights.

Mbatha-Raw also had a starring role in the critically acclaimed British period drama, Belle, helmed by Amma Asante.