Writer-director Jeff Nichols
’ next movie, “Loving,” will star Joel Edgerton
(“The Great Gatsby”) and British actress Ruth Negga (“Jimi: All is By My Side”) for a September 2015 start in Virginia.
Inspired by Nancy Buirski’s “The Loving Story,” the film centers on Mildred and Richard Loving, the biracial couple behind the seminal 1967 civil rights case, Loving vs. Virginia.
CAA brokered the deal with Big Beach and will handle North American sales at Cannes, where Wild Bunch will selling international rights.
After the Lovings married in June of 1958, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and sentenced them to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended on the condition that they be exiled from the state of Virginia. Richard and Mildred would spend the next nine years fighting to get home. “I was struck by the simplicity of the Loving’s story,” said Nichols, “and I hope to make this a painfully beautiful film.”
Sarah Green, Colin Firth, Ged Doherty, Nancy Buirski, Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf will produce the film, which was developed by Firth’s production shingle Raindog and The Zoo. Big Beach is financing. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Jack Turner will executive produce.
Nichols’ star has been rising since he broke out with “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” which both played Cannes. His upcoming “Midnight Special” (Warner Bros.) also stars Edgerton along with “Take Shelter” star Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard.
Edgerton also stars in Warners’ “Black Mass” with Johnny Depp. Edgerton’s feature directorial debut “The Gift,” starring Jason Bateman, will be released this summer.
Negga won an IFTA Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Shirley Bassey in “Shirley.” She has a recurring role on “Marvel’s Agentys of S.H.I.E.L.D.” She is currently shooting Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “Preacher” (AMC); Legendary’s “Warcraft” is in post-production.
Three-year-old Raindog is in post-production on Gavin Hood’s “Eye in the Sky” starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi. Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf’s Big Beach (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is in post on “Three Generations,” starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon.