Octavia Spencer
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Octavia Spencer will star alongside Kevin Costner in a drama titled Black And White, which IM Global is taking to Cannes to sell to international distributors.

Written and directed by and actor Mike Binder, the film, which Costner is coproducing 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. 


So obviously 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. 

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.

No word yet on what actor will play the African American drug addict father. 

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

Up next for the busy Ms Spencer, Diablo Cody's directorial debut, and Fruitvale Station to name a few.