Taryn Manning is a woman with a terrifying title in Karen, Coke Daniels’ upcoming thriller inspired by the real world “Karens”. Known for her landmark role in Orange Is the New Black, Manning will play a racist woman in the film similar to some seen in viral videos calling the police on neighbors for trivial reasons. The first trailer has just been released, and you can watch it below.
Coke Daniels (His, Hers & the Truth) is directing the film, which follows Taryn Manning like “Karen Drexler, a racist white woman who makes it her personal mission to move the new black family that has just moved in next to her.” Community activist Malik (Cory Hardrict, American Sniper) and his wife Imani (Jasmine Burke, Saints & Sinners) are the couple who just moved to suburban Atlanta, but they won’t back down without a fight. “
Roger Dorman and Gregory Alan Williams are also on the bill. The producers of the film are Mary Aloe (Bruised) and Craig Chapman (Honest Thief) alongside Gillian Hormel, Autumn Bailey-Ford, Manning and Hardrict. Vanzil and Victor Burke and Anik Decoste are executive producers. Danie’s Flixville USA also produces with Aloe’s Aloe Entertainment in association with Hormel’s Ludascripts, Peanut Gallery Group, Bondit Media Capital, BET and Burke Management.
“I felt a social responsibility, even though I’m playing the opposite side, if I kind of have to play the bad guy and do all of that to help make a difference, I was more than willing to take on the role,” said Manning on his casting in a TMZ interview. “If you don’t like me in the role, great, I did my job just fine. But the main point is that what’s going on is just devastating, and it’s time for a change. That bigger picture meant a lot for me.
Revealing that she watched a lot of actual ‘Karen’ videos online to prepare for the role, Manning added, “I’ve seen a lot, and of course I’ve watched more, because now I want to find all different levels, and different types. Yeah, I mean, it’s definitely a lot of study going on, but it’s so bad, and so everywhere, and that’s the point of this movie, and why it’s so timely, and why I am so excited. “
“Last year, during the global pandemic and civil unrest, I – like many of us – felt anger, hopelessness and hopelessness,” director Coke Daniels also said, according to Deadline. “The overwhelming support from people around the world, who want to see the change, has been such an inspiration.”
Manning is probably best known for playing Pennsatucky in Orange Is the New Black, a role she played for all seven seasons of the Netflix series. She is also known for playing Cherry in Sons of Anarchy and has a number of movie roles including 8 Mile, The Vault, and The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. The actress most recently appeared in the comedy Last Call starring Jeremy Piven, Jamie Kennedy, Zach McGowan and Bruce Dern.
A release date has yet to be revealed for Karen. By deadline, 13 Films launched sales of the film ahead of the Cannes virtual market. The new trailer for the film comes to us from Flixville USA on YouTube.