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Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan To Star In Oscar Grant Feature, Produced By Forest Whitaker

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 17, 2012 9:40 AM
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Octavia Spencer has certainly been racking up projects with all the acclaim she received for her role in last year's controversial box office triumph The Help.

She's currently shooting Diablo Cody's directorial debut; and in February, the award-winning actress joined Chris EvansJohn Hurt and Tilda Swinton in South Korean Bong Joon-Ho's sci-fi thriller Snow Piercer.

Some of you will recognize Joon-Ho as the mastermind behind that thrilling 2006 creature-feature The Host; he'll be directing from his own script, a project that will be produced by another South Korean superstar filmmaker Chan Wook-Park(Oldboy).

Today brings word that Spencer and Michael B. Jordan (Red Tails, Chronicle) are in talks to star in an indie drama titled Fruitvale, based the murder of 22-year old Oscar Grant who was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009! The event was captured on multiple digital video and cell phone cameras, and the footage disseminated online and watched millions of times, leading to public outrage, protests and riots.

Need I say more; explosive source material, especially in light of even more recent events #TrayvonMartin

By the way, "Fruitvale" is the name of the station where the shooting took place.

The project is being produced by Forest Whitaker and his Significant Productions partner Nina Yang, with first-timer Ryan Coogler making his feature debut.

Jordan is in talks to play Grant; and Spencer will play his tough and protective mother.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in July. 

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  • Donella | April 18, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    Very happy for Octavia Spencer and Forest Whitaker!

  • Jeanette | April 17, 2012 10:37 PMReply

    I am so excited about this project. I love Octavia Spencer, Forest Whitaker and upcoming new great actor, Michael B. Jordan. Best wishes for success.

  • Terence Nance | April 17, 2012 6:26 PMReply

    This is gonna be amazing met Coogler out and about. He is super talented and from the East Bay so the culture will be represented well. Props to Forrest for making sure this gets made.

  • aswilliams | April 17, 2012 2:56 PMReply

    So glad to to see a story like this being told right and on the big screen especially produced by Academy Award actor and director Forest Whitaker. It had me thinking if the Black Panthers we`re still around not to be confused with the racist New Black Panthers they would of had the best immediate solutions being that the brutal death of Oscar Grant by the hands of police officers in Oakland where the party was founded and existed with Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale would of have been a lot different but those were the days.

  • urbanauteur | April 19, 2012 8:47 PM

    Exactly!!! and this peanut gallery with young black men as props, being systematically gunned down, it begs the question, what we gonna do?

  • misha | April 17, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    Now THIS is an Octavia Spencer movie I'm looking foward to seeing. Happy for Michael too...what a wonderful young actor.

  • mlm | April 17, 2012 10:26 AMReply

    I was reading this thinking Trayvon Martin then it dawned on me this is Oscar Grant. I wondered how he put together a story about him so soon. Living in L.A. (not that it happened here but close enough, not to count the kids this has happened to here) I can't help but wonder if the local folks made the same stink about Ocsar. This should be interesting.

    sn: thanks for sharing the info. about the korean cinema. I loved the host and follow this two directors.

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