Directed by:

Ken Kwapis (A Walk in the Woods, He’s Just Not That Into You and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)

Written by:

Andrew Farotte

Produced by:

Steven P. Wegner (Blade Runner 2049, The Blind Side), Filmula – Johnny Lin (American Made, Bernie)


Kathy Bates (Misery, Richard Jewel, FX’s American Horror Story), John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, HBO’s The New Pope, In the Line of Fire), Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick, Pink Skies Ahead, Bad Times at the El Royale)

THELMA recounts the true story of the mother of John Kennedy Toole (Pullman), the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Confederacy of Dunces. Toole died by suicide before finding a home for his masterpiece, and his mother Thelma (Bates) made it her life’s mission, through outrageous gamesmanship, to see the book published. She eventually succeeded in getting the manuscript into the hands of writer Walker Percy (Malkovich), who became the novel’s champion. It would be published in 1980, eleven years after Ken’s death, thereafter becoming one of the most widely celebrated books of the 20th century.