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Tika Sumpter, Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in Indie Thriller ‘The Pages’

Writer-director Joe Chappelle’s movie begins shooting this week in Chicago

Tika Sumpter, who starred as Michelle Obama in last year’s “Southside With You,” returns to Chicago this week to shoot the indie political thriller “The Pages.”

Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Tavassoli (BBC’s “New Blood) co-star in the feature, which is written and directed by Joe Chappelle, who’s best known for his work directing TV series like “The Wire,” “Fringe” and “Chicago Fire.”

Sumpter plays a former top U.S. security adviser who is threatened by associates from her dark past, including a steely, commanding politician (Curtis) and an unyielding, patriotic chief of staff.

The film will be produced by Colleen Griffen for CorradoMooncoin and executive produced by Candy Straight.

Petra Korner, known for her work on “The Informers” and “The Wackness,” serves as director of photography on the project.

In addition to “Southside With You,” Sumpter stars in the OWN series “The Haves and the Have Nots” and wrapped on David Lowery’s “Old Man and the Gun.” She is repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management.

Curtis, last seen in Fox’s “Scream Queens,” is repped by CAA.

CAA is handling film sales.