Laverne Cox To Make Big Screen Debut In "Carl(a)"

Laverne is conquering the world one art form at a time.

By Eric Shorey

Last week, we saw Laverne Cox strut her stuff in a video for Viktor Luna's latest collection. Now, Miss Cox is again showing off her acting talent -- this time on the big screen. The Orange is the New Black breakout star will be making her film debut in an indie flick titled Carl(a), directed by Eli Hershko.

The film was actually originally made in 2011 but is now seeing a theatrical release. According to Indiewire the movie "tells the story of a trans woman who faces opposition from her family." At the same time, she falls in love with Sam, a man who seems to love her for who she is. However, when Carla finally obtains the means to complete her transition, Sam begins to question their relationship. Now, Carla must choose between being herself and living a lie for the man she loves."

Carl(a) is already being compared to the surprise breakout hit of last summer, Tangerine, which also told the story of the trials and tribulations of transgender women, featuring a cast of actual transgender women. Hershko spoke openly about his insistence on casting actual trans women, telling MSNBC“This is a very real story I have seen time and again over the years with people in my life but have never seen it told in a film so truthfully.”

This will be director Hershko's first film; it stars Gregg Bello, Joslyn DeFreece, and Mark Margolis alongside Cox.

Check out the trailer for yourself, below!

Carl(a) will debut in select theaters on December 10th.

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