Adam Gyngell and Fred Fernandez Armesto will pen the script, about a woman's rise to power in a male-dominated field. Set in 1970s London, the story follows an arms dealer and single mother (Erivo) forced to confront who she really is.
Erivo made her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple, for which she won the Best Actress Tony. She was twice Oscar-nominated for her work on the film Harriet, and is currently Emmy-nominated for her role as Aretha Franklin in National Geographic limited series Genius. It was also recently announced that Erivo will also produce and star in a remake of the the 1979 film The Rose.
Steel is executive produced by Erivo with Solome Williams as Edith’s Daughter, as well as Matt Charman, Lawrence and Cameron MacConomy of about: blank, and screenwriters Gyngell and Armesto.