Marin Ireland has taken the lead role in Muslimah, Jamil Munoz’s debut feature for indie producers and film financiers Dweck Productions and Vanishing Angle.
The indie drama will see Ireland play Diana, an American convert to Islam who moves to upstate New York with her young son, Nabil, after the events of September 11th, 2001. Other Muslims in the community welcome Diana, until she meets and falls for Hassan, a cab driver and Somali refugee.
The social pressure forces Diana to make a choice between preserving her faith or following her heart. Munoz also penned the script for Muslimah, which is loosely based on his own experiences as a Muslim American living in upstate New York.
Production for Muslimah is planned to start in summer 2021. “We are thrilled that Marin Ireland will be headlining this rare coming-of-middle-age story that captures the experience of a courageous mother, who challenges her faith, culture and her adopted community to pursue joy on her own terms,” Hannah Dweck of Dweck Productions said in a statement.
Ireland is also known for her roles on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete, Showtime’s Homeland, and movies like The Irishman, Hell or High Water and Glass Chin. Her theater credits include productions of Reasons to be Pretty, Blue Ridge, The Big Knife and After Miss Julie.
Muslimah is produced by Hannah Dweck and Theodore Schaefer of Dweck Productions, and Benjamin Wiessner from Vanishing Angle. Dweck and Schaefer are also producing We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, which has its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT program.
Ireland is repped by ICM Partners and Untitled Entertainment.