HBO Max will release the feature film “Bobbie Sue,” starring Gina Rodriguez when the service launches, the streamer announced on Tuesday.
The film will be produced by Donald De Line (“Body of Lies,” “Ready Player One”) and directed by “Drumline” and “Uncle Drew” filmmaker Charles Stone III.
Golden Globe-winner Rodriguez will star as Bobbie Sue, who after being raised among four rowdy brothers in a blue-collar neighborhood, is a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper-crust law firm. She comes to realize, however, that she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise. But after discovering her powerful client, a lifelong idol of hers, is trying to cover up exploiting workers within her company, Bobbie decides to take both her and the law firm on, caution and etiquette be damned.
“Giving a project like Bobbie Sue the reach and accessibility that HBO Max provides is what every filmmaker is looking for right now,” De Line said in a statement. “Gina Rodriguez and Charles Stone III both have an incredible talent for bringing rich characters, timely stories and authentic worlds to life.”
Rodriguez last starred in the Netflix film “Someone Great,” which was part of the streamer’s push to tap into a hole in the romantic comedy genre. The “Jane the Virgin” actress also voices the character Gina Alvarez in Netflix’s animated series “Big Mouth,” which dropped its third season earlier this month.
HBO Max executives said on Tuesday that the company will plan to release five to 10 movies per year on the the streaming service.
HBO Max will launch in May 2020 with roughly 10,000 hours of content. The service will offer programming that includes a slate of new original series, third-party licensed programs and movies, as well as content from WarnerMedia’s library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more.