Anne Heche’s latest film, Girl In Room 13, is still slated for release in September, a few weeks after her death.
The actress, best known for starring in films such as Six Days and Seven Nights and Donnie Brasco, was declared brain dead on Friday August 12 after suffering fatal injuries in a horrific car accident on August 5 .
The network behind his last screen appearance, Lifetime, has since confirmed that it will continue to release the film in September as originally planned.
Director Elisabeth Rohm called Heche’s final performance “phenomenal” as she tackles the difficult role of a mother whose daughter is abducted as part of human sex trafficking.
Elisabeth began: ‘We are all so dedicated to the cause, to stop violence against women… all of us, especially Larissa [Dias] who played this victim, are committed to this cause.
The director added that the cast spoke about the importance of standing up against abuse, before praising Heche for her dedication to the role as she remained in a coma.
‘Although [Heche] is deeply regretted, at this time I will say the film is over and she put on a phenomenal performance – a tour de force much like Larissa,’ she continued.
After Heche’s death, Elisabeth paid tribute to the star and praised her for her lifelong “commitment” to protecting women and being “a voice against abuse”.
She told People, “Every morning, [Heche] would come on set and she said, “We won’t tolerate abuse!” And she was clenching her fist and had this beautiful, dazzling smile.
“She was so determined to do an incredibly deep, profound and important performance.”
Elisabeth also reflected on Heche’s personal life, sharing, “Anne was very open about the abuse she suffered as a child.
‘And I believe she has dedicated her entire life to making an impact, to protecting women, and to being a voice against abuse.
In a statement, the network’s executive vice president and chief programming officer, Amy Winter, also praised Heche for being part of an “important project” that shines a light on the “appalling” reality of human sex trafficking.
“This project is important for and with all of us. We all started making a movie that would bring attention to the appalling problem of human sex trafficking,” Amy said.
“We hope this film moves you and that you are just as inspired as Anne was to help us in our mission to end violence against women.”
Heche was declared brain dead – legally dead in California – on Friday, August 12, but her heart continued to beat while she remained on life support so her organs could be donated.
His life support was turned off three days later, on Monday August 15.
Representatives for the actress announced the news in a statement on Friday: “We have lost a bright light, a caring and joyful soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend.”
“Anne will be deeply missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and her passionate advocacy.
“His bravery in always staying true to his truth, spreading his message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”
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