Sydney Freeland’s coming-of-age dramedy Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, follows two teenage sisters who start robbing trains to make ends meet after their single mother’s emotional meltdown in an electronics store lands her in jail.
The film directed by Sydney Freeland, stars newcomers Ashleigh Murray and Rachel Crow, along with Sasheer Zamata, David Sullivan, Missi Pyle, Arturo Castro, Brooke Markham and Sharon Lawrence.
For Ashleigh and Rachel, being part of this film was like a dream come true. Rachel tells Teen Vogue, “There was just something about the script. I was so incredibly inspired by it, and also it’s really cool to have this empowering role for women be shown in a different light…you can really be anything in any circumstance.”
Life is moving fast for whip-smart high school senior Deidra (Ashleigh Murray) and her younger sister Laney (Rachel Crow). Graduation looms, their part-time dad is a full-time schemer, and adolescent embarrassments arrive daily — just like the train that rambles noisily through their backyard. But things take a turn for the worse when their mother Marigold (Danielle Nicolet) is thrown in jail for a minor offense after succumbing to the pressure of single parenting. To help her struggling family, Deidra hatches a plan to start robbing trains. Things go off without a hitch, until a railroad detective (Tim Blake Nelson) starts sniffing around.
Directed by Sydney Freeland and written by Shelby Farrell, the Netflix original film Deidra & Laney Rob a Train stars Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson, Danielle Nicolet, Sasheer Zamata, David Sullivan, Missi Pyle, Arturo Castro, Brooke Markham and Sharon Lawrence. Susan Cartsonis and Nick Moceri serve as producers. Randy Kiyan, Ian Bricke, and Funa Maduka serve as executive producers.
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train is world premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and debuts on Netflix March 17.