Principal photography has begun on “Loving,” writer/director Jeff Nichols’ drama about the biracial couple, played by Joel Edgerton and Brit actress Ruth Negga, that sparked the seminal 1967 civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia.
The film is inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Loving Story.” After Richard and Mildred Loving 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.
New to the cast are Nick Kroll as Bernie Cohen,
Jon Bass as Phil Hirschkop, Marton Csokas as Sheriff Brooks, and Bill Camp as Frank Beazley. Michael Shannon will play LIFE Magazine photographer Grey Villet, marking his fifth collaboration with Nichols, including films “Mud,” “Take Shelter” and “Midnight Special,” which opens next year.
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 Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam
The “Loving” production team is comprised of producers Ged Doherty, Sarah Green,
Nancy Buirski, Colin Firth, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub. Executive
producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jack Turner and Jared Ian