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Casting Watch: Kate Mara and David Oyelowo On Board for 'Captive'

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by Beth Hanna
October 16, 2013 11:57 AM
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Kate Mara
Kate Mara

David Oyelowo ("Middle of Nowhere," "Lee Daniels' The Butler") and Kate Mara ("House of Cards") are set to star in thriller "Captive," based on the bestselling novel "An Unlikely Angel" by Ashley Smith. It will be helmed by longtime TV director Jerry Jameson.

David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo

Leonor Varela ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") and Mimi Rogers ("Two and a Half Men") are rounding out the cast. The adaptation is penned by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke.

Here's the synopsis:

CAPTIVE is a thriller based on true events that occurred in Atlanta, Ga., on March 11, 2005.  Brian Nichols (Oyelowo) breaks out of the courthouse jail and shoots dead the judge assigned to his case as well as a court reporter, sheriff’s deputy, and FBI officer. While eluding a statewide manhunt, Nichols takes Ashley Smith (Mara), a single mother struggling with meth addiction, hostage in her own apartment. Over the course of her harrowing ordeal, Smith desperately uses a book she has been given, Rick Warren's THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE, to reason with her captor -- with surprising and unforeseen results.

Meanwhile, Oyelowo is on board Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King biopic "Selma." Mara nabbed a role in cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence," now in post production.

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