Bet you forgot about this movie didn’t you? First announced back in 2011 and shot the same year, it seems we’re going to get a double dose of Chiwetel Ejiofor playing a freed slave in 2013. Of course, he’s set to lead the hugely anticipated “12 Years A Slave,” but he’s also got a co-starring role in the forthcoming indie “Savannah,” and the first trailer has arrived to give you a peek at another tale dealing with America’s slavery past.
Just like in “12 Years A Slave,” this is also based on a true story, telling the tale of a freed slave, Christmas Moultrie (Ejifor), who enters a business partnership in the early 1900s with Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel), which leads to complications in a South that is a bit slower to change with the times. Ward and Moultrie must essentially battle to keep running their business, while preserving their friendship and way of life along the Savannah River. Annette Haywood-Carter (“Foxfire,” starring Angelina Jolie) is at the helm of this one, and it all looks very…safe and clean…but maybe that’s just the trailer. This is also a far less harrowing story than ’12 Years.’
Bradley Whitford, Jaimie Alexander, Jack McBrayer and Hal Holbrook co-star and “Savannah” will open in limited release on August 23rd. Watch below. [Atlanta Blackstar]