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Anthony Mackie Joins Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner In Custody Battle Drama 'Black And White'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 22, 2013 1:50 PM
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Anthony Mackie has joined Octavia Spencer to co-star alongside Kevin Costner in a drama titled Black And White, for IM Global.

Written and directed by and actor Mike Binder, the film, which Costner is co-producing with Binder and Todd Lewis, centers on Elliot Anderson (Costner) an attorney widowed after his wife dies in a car crash, and who also is raising his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise, since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot’s world is turned upside-down when the child’s African American grandmother Rowena (played by Octavia Spencer) demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her African American father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for the negligence that led to the death of his own daughter. Elliot finds himself deeply entrenched in a custody battle and will stop at nothing to keep his granddaughter from coming under the watch of his reckless son-in-law. 

It hasn't been officially confirmed, but I'd assume that Mackie has signed up to play Eloise's African American father, Reggie, as described above. Although I don't think Spencer and Mackie look like mother and son. Spencer is 43 and Mackie is 34..

But obviously, there'll be some "race-play" here, if the title didn't give it away, in part. Too bad the father has to be a drug addict to complicated matters further. There's already enough drama that him being a negligent drug addict seems unnecessarily added on.

Of course, we'll just have to wait to learn more.

The film is further described as a searing portrayal of a broken man caught up in a struggle clouded by bitterness, blame and racial tension, who learns to forgive and how to provide for the only family he has left.

Cassian Elwes will executive produce, with principal photography scheduled to begin this summer in New Orleans.

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5 Comments

  • tom | July 23, 2013 1:57 PMReply

    Nice pic, How ya doin??

  • common | July 23, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    Octavia can definitely pass herself off as Mackie's mom, but if the role is going to Andre Holland that's even better. Aren't drug addicts known for being negilgent???

  • Naomi | July 23, 2013 7:38 AMReply

    When I first read about this project it seemed familiar but I couldn't quite remember why. Just did a little google search, and this story is not very far from the British one off drama 'Buried Treasure' starring John Thaw. Similar theme, white successful widowed grandfather is left to look after his mixed race granddaughter, after the death of his estranged daughter. Whilst I don't recall a court room drama playing out, is this based on the same story?

  • Jug | July 22, 2013 3:16 PMReply

    Actually it looks like Andre Holland (42, 1600 PENN) will play Reggie. I think Mackie might be playing Octavia's brother Jeremiah. They may have re-written the role to fit his age (originally was supposed to be older than Octavia).

  • @JayTeeDee | July 22, 2013 3:07 PMReply

    This project sounds intriguing in theory and I've also spoken before about Black actors playing complex and troubled characters instead of general tropes and stereotypes. However, that being said something about the way the premise and story synopsis here seems kind of problematic. Making the Black father a negligent drug addict who possibly caused the death of his child's white mother. Then again this could turn out to be a story of redemption and hope for all the characters which can teeter on the lines of tropiness. It's too early to speculate though but all in all it sounds interesting. Sounds like 'Losing Isaiah' (Redux) though.

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