In today’s casting news, David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher) and Kate Mara (House of Cards) are set to star in the thriller, Captive, for director Jerry Jameson (Walker, Texas Ranger). Written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, and based on Ashley Smith’s book, “An Unlikely Angel”, Captive is based on the true events of an escaped prisoner who takes revenge on the people who put him in jail and takes a young woman hostage. Oyelowo will play the convict, Brian Nichols, while Mara will play Smith, the woman Nichols takes hostage. Leonor Varela (Dallas) and Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) round out the cast. Captive is scheduled to begin principal photography this month. Hit the jump for more.
DAVID OYELOWO & KATE MARA TO STAR IN ‘CAPTIVE’
BN FILMS TO PRODUCE AND FINANCE
Los Angeles (Tuesday, October 15) – BN Films announced today that David Oyelowo and Kate Mara would be boarding the thriller CAPTIVE. Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers will be rounding out this ensemble. CAPTIVE is written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, based on Ashley Smith’s bestselling book AN UNLIKELY ANGEL. Alex Garcia, Lucas Akoskin, Terry Botwick, David Oyelowo, and Ken Wales will produce along with Katrina Wolfe, Jonathan Gray, Ralph Winter, Elliott Lester, and Brian Bird who are set as executive producer. The film is set to begin principal photography later this month.
The movie will be directed by Jerry Jameson (SAFE HARBOR, RAISE THE TITANIC) and is being produced in association with Brightside Entertainment, 1019 Entertainment and Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions. This will also mark BN’s second venture with Oyelowo, who starred in NIGHTINGALE, set for a festival run next year.
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.
BN Films is an international production company based in Santa Monica, Ca., and Mexico City. The company was launched by Alex Garcia and Lucas Akoskin in December 2012 and offers a slate of films in all languages, aimed at both the domestic U.S. and international markets. BN has over twenty-three feature projects in the pipeline, including Jonas Cuaron’s Desierto, Nightingale, Automatic Hate, Words with Gods – the first installment in BN’s groundbreaking Heartbeat of the World series; and The Jesuit, written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Auto Focus), with a cast that includes Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Arbitrage).