Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Will Play Tammi Terrell in a Biopic of the Late Singer 'Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Will Play Tammi Terrell in a Biopic of the Late Singer You Likely Won't Find a More Candid & Comprehensive Interview with Euzhan Palcy Than This One... You Likely Won't Find a More Candid & Comprehensive Interview with Euzhan Palcy Than This One... Watch Clip From 'Teachers' - a Film on the Education Crisis in the USA, Starring Tatyana Ali Watch Clip From 'Teachers' - a Film on the Education Crisis in the USA, Starring Tatyana Ali David Oyelowo, Amma Asante & Rosamund Pike Teaming Up for Seretse Khama Feature Project David Oyelowo, Amma Asante & Rosamund Pike Teaming Up for Seretse Khama Feature Project 40+ Black Filmmakers Will Take Over Twitter Tomorrow for an AFFRM-ing Objective. You Should Join Them... 40+ Black Filmmakers Will Take Over Twitter Tomorrow for an AFFRM-ing Objective. You Should Join Them... Rae Dawn Chong Headlines ‘7 Magpies’ - All-Black Female Director Horror Anthology Film Rae Dawn Chong Headlines ‘7 Magpies’ - All-Black Female Director Horror Anthology Film The Nina Simone Bio Starring Zoe Saldana Will Apparently Be Released Later This Year... The Nina Simone Bio Starring Zoe Saldana Will Apparently Be Released Later This Year... The American Black Film Festival Announces Its 2015 Films in Competition The American Black Film Festival Announces Its 2015 Films in Competition Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné It's Black Bike Week! Watch 2 Short Documentaries on the Popular Annual Event It's Black Bike Week! Watch 2 Short Documentaries on the Popular Annual Event Gabrielle Union Joins Jamie Foxx in a Race to Save His Kidnapped Son, in 'Sleepless Night' Gabrielle Union Joins Jamie Foxx in a Race to Save His Kidnapped Son, in 'Sleepless Night' Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Showtime Picks Up David Oyelowo's War-Torture Drama/Thriller 'Complicit' For USA Audiences

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 19, 2014 at 12:35PM

Showtime Picks Up David Oyelowo's War-Torture Drama/Thriller 'Complicit' For USA Audiences
1
David Oyelowo Complicit

David Oyelowo's MI5/Guantanamo Bay thriller Complicit, which centers on the moral dilemmas posed by the war on terror, as an MI5 agent (played by Oyelowo) becomes involved in the torture of a suspected terrorist to prevent an attack in the UK, debuted on Channel 4 (in the UK) a year ago.

I learned this morning that the Showtime network (here in the USA) picked up the film and is currently running it, for those of you with the cable TV channel. According to Showtime, it will next air next week Friday, May 30, at 4:10 PM ET/PT on The Movie Channel (a Showtime subsidiary). So set your DVRs if you're interested in seeing it, and if you won't be home during that hour (as many of us likely won't be, since we'll likely be away at our various places of work).

I have yet to see it myself, but I plan to check it out eventually. It's not available on DVD or Blu-ray yet however, so those without Showtime/TMC, will have to wait a bit longer to see it. 

The full synopsis for the 99-minute drama/thriller reads:

In fighting the War on Terror is torture ever justified? David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Red Tail, The Help) stars in a compelling new single drama from acclaimed writer Guy Hibbert (Blood and Oil, Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) that explores the murky moral compromises that underpin the hidden intelligence war. Complicit follows the story of Edward (Oyelowo) an MI5 officer who, desperate to foil another 7/7 style atrocity, wrestles with his own conscience and moral code when he finally comes face to face with British terror suspect Waleed (Arsher Ali - Four Lions, Beaver Falls). Convinced that Waleed is plotting an attack, Edward tears up the rule book and makes an irrevocable decision. Informed by extensive research, Hibbert's film is a penetrating insight into the dangerous world of MI5 and counter terrorism.

While we wait for next Friday's airing, watch the 8-minute long video interview below, in which Oyelowo, as well as key cast and crew, talk about the project, including some of the racial aspects of it; apparently, the role wasn't written for a black man, but the producers decided to make the lead character a black man, seemingly to introduce a new layer of complexity to the story, and interaction between characters.

Also, scattered within the interviews, you'll find clips from the film. 

First watch the trailer immediately below:

And here's the behind-the-scenes piece:

This article is related to: TV News, David Oyelowo


Shadow & ActNewsletter