WEEK IN WOMEN: Erivo Brings CARRIER Podcast to Big Screens – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Cynthia Erivo is following up on her recent Oscar run by bringing her podcast Carrier to movie screens. The Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner will produce and star in the sci-fi thriller for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners.

The movie is based on the podcast Carrier, created by audio studio QCode and Dan Blank, who also will write and direct the film. Erivo starred in and co-produced the seven-episode season of the Carrier podcast.

In the film adaptation, she will reprise her role as Raylene, a truck driver who covers for her sick father on an off-the-books long-haul trucking job. She quickly realizes that her enigmatic cargo is a global threat, as an array of outside forces begin targeting her in the hopes of destroying or controlling what she’s hauling. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.