Tim Chey Will Direct ‘The Duchess of Criminality’ in August

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Director Timothy Chey will direct ‘The Duchess of Criminality’ this August.

Director Timothy Chey will direct ‘The Duchess of Criminality’ set to commence production this August.

The film is based on the true story of one of the greatest bank robberies in American history committed by a woman during the woman’s suffrage movement.

“Very excited to bring this story to life,” says Chey. “It’s about an era when women couldn’t vote or get loans from the bank. And along comes Cassie Chadwick who steals $19 million from the banks which is like $550 million in today’s dollars.”

The script is already making the rounds to A-list actresses in town.

“We’ve had amazing interest from some we’ve already sent to,” adds a casting director for the film. “It’s just a matter of pay. But we’ll definitely land a major star.”

‘The Duchess’ begins shooting in August at Universal Studios and on location in Georgia.

Chey just finished the faith-based film ’20 Minutes’ about a ballistic missile that heads to Hawaii and changes the lives of twelve people who have 20 minutes to live. The film hits theaters on September 25, 2020. "Everyone comes to God when you have 20 minutes to live," he laughs.

“I love shooting historical films,” says Chey, who has produced three historical films already (‘Freedom’, ‘David and Goliath’, ‘The Islands’). “The hard part is everything has to be right – script, costumes, production design – this is where you bring in the best crew to work with.”

History shows Ms. Chadwick robbed the banks when women could indeed not get loans from the banks. It was what historians believe is the greatest bank robbery of our generation.

Chey also recently wrote and directed ‘The Islands’ starring Academy-Award winner Mira Sorvino and a 98% Hawaiian/Polynesian cast. ‘The Islands’ is also based on the true story of a Hawaiian queen who found Christ over two hundred years ago and demonstrated her faith by going into an active volcano. The film was nominated for ‘Best Picture of the Year’ by one film critic group and stayed in theaters for almost 11 weeks.

‘The Duchess of Criminality’ will have an Oscar campaign and will release into theaters in December 2021.

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