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Casting Watch: Kate Mara and David Oyelowo On Board for ‘Captive’

Casting Watch: Kate Mara and David Oyelowo On Board for 'Captive'

David Oyelowo (“Middle of Nowhere,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”) are set to star in thriller “Captive,” based on the bestselling novel “An Unlikely Angel” by Ashley Smith. It will be helmed by longtime TV director Jerry Jameson.

Leonor Varela (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Mimi Rogers (“Two and a Half Men”) are rounding out the cast. The adaptation is penned by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke.

Here’s the synopsis:

CAPTIVE is a thriller based on true events that occurred in
Atlanta, Ga., on March 11, 2005.  Brian
Nichols (Oyelowo) breaks out of the courthouse jail and shoots dead the judge
assigned to his case as well as a court reporter, sheriff’s deputy, and FBI officer.
While eluding a statewide manhunt, Nichols takes Ashley Smith (Mara), a single
mother struggling with meth addiction, hostage in her own apartment. Over the
course of her harrowing ordeal, Smith desperately uses a book she has been
given, Rick Warren’s THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE, to reason with her captor — with
surprising and unforeseen results.

Meanwhile, Oyelowo is on board Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King biopic “Selma.” Mara nabbed a role in cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut “Transcendence,” now in post production.

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