Gabourey Sidibe in Tower Heist

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A heartwrenching drama film based on the Sapphire novel "Push". Set in 1987 Harlem, the main character is an overweight 16-year-old African-American girl named Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe). Impregnated twice by her mother's boyfriend, Precious has two children including one who suffers from Down syndrome. She's also emotionally and physically abused by her mother (played by Mo'Nique). Because she's illiterate, Precious gets into a special program that connects her with other alienated teenagers as well as a teacher (Paula Patton) who becomes her mentor and biggest supporter. Mariah Carey also stars as a social worker.
October 20th, 2010

Gabourey Sidibe has signed up to star in new action-comedy movie 'Tower Heist'.

The 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' actress and 'Crash' star Michael Pena have joined onto the new film, where they will play employees at a luxurious block of apartments who are scammed out of their pensions by one resident.

The crooked character lives in the penthouse suite, where he is under house arrest, and has been stealing the life savings of the staff there.

These employees - led by Ben Stiller's building manager character - will team up in an attempt to out-smart the resident and get their money back.

Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda are also set to appear in the film which Universal Pictures hope to start production of in New York next month, Deadline.com reports.

Gabourey rose to fame last year, with her emotional portrayal of pregnant and illiterate teenager Precious.

Since then, she has been starring in TV show 'The Big C'.