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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 16, 2013 at 11:57AM

David Oyelowo and Kate Mara 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.
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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.

This article is related to: News, CASTING WATCH, casting, Kate Mara, David Oyelowo


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.