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Uzo Aduba is set to star in the true-story drama “Miss Virginia” about a struggling inner-city mother who sacrifices everything for her son and his future.

Aduba, a star of “Orange Is the New Black” and a BU alum, plays education activist Virginia Walden Ford, who launched the grass-roots organization D.C. Parents for School Choice in 1998 to advocate for improvement in the Washington, D.C., public school system.

“Her story is one of grit, determination, and the transformative power of a mother who refuses to give up on her son,” said the film’s writer-producer Erin O’Connor.

Vertical Entertainment is set to release the film, directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna (“Shelter”) and executive produced by Ford herself and Nick Reid, in select theatres and on VOD Oct. 18. The film also stars Matthew Modine (“Stranger Things”), Aunjanue Ellis (“The Help”), and Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”).


The final season of “Orange Is the New Black” premiered Friday.

Martha Merrow can be reached at martha.merrow@globe.com, or on Twitter @martha_merrow