‘Underground’s’ Aldis Hodge to Star in Biopic About Football Player Who Was Falsely Accused of Rape

Underground star Aldis Hodge is set to star in a biopic about Brian Banks, the All-American high school football player whose life was upended in 2002 when he was falsely accused of rape, Deadline reports. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks served five years in a California prison followed by five years of high custody parole.

Ultimately, with the help of the California Innocence Project, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012. He briefly played with the Atlanta Falcons in the 2013 preseason before being cut.

The script was written by Doug Atchison who wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Akeelah and the Bee. Tom Shadya will serve as director.

Banks was a 16-year-old junior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and had made a verbal commitment to sign with Southern Cal when a 15-year-old Wanetta Gibson accused him of rape. She recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name after he was out of prison. She was ordered to pay a $2.6 million judgment.