Octavia Spencer has certainly been racking up projects with all the acclaim she received for her role in last year’s controversial box office triumph The Help.
She’s currently shooting Diablo Cody’s directorial debut; and in February, the award-winning actress joined Chris Evans, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton in South Korean Bong Joon-Ho’s sci-fi thriller Snow Piercer.
Some of you will recognize Joon-Ho as the mastermind behind that thrilling 2006 creature-feature The Host; he’ll be directing from his own script, a project that will be produced by another South Korean superstar filmmaker Chan Wook-Park(Oldboy).
Today brings word that Spencer and Michael B. Jordan (Red Tails, Chronicle) are in talks to star in an indie drama titled Fruitvale, based the murder of 22-year old Oscar Grant who was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009! The event was captured on multiple digital video and cell phone cameras, and the footage disseminated online and watched millions of times, leading to public outrage, protests and riots.
Need I say more; explosive source material, especially in light of even more recent events #TrayvonMartin
By the way, “Fruitvale” is the name of the station where the shooting took place.
The project is being produced by Forest Whitaker and his Significant Productions partner Nina Yang, with first-timer Ryan Coogler making his feature debut.
Jordan is in talks to play Grant; and Spencer will play his tough and protective mother.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in July.