After pulling off his remarkable physical, vocal and award-nominated portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King in the critically-acclaimed movie Selma, there is little doubt David Oyelowo can transform himself into a calculated and callous killer for this next role.
Oyelowo is portraying Brian Nichols, the infamous cold-blooded killer who murdered four people inside and outside the Fulton County Courthouse 10 years ago this month.
Based on the book Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero by Ashley Smith (now Ashley Smith Robinson) and Stacy Mattingly, the movie’s screenplay was written by Brian Bird and directed by veteran filmmaker Jerry Jameson.
“Captive” comes out in September.
Oyelowo explains what drew him to the film.
“I was drawn to this story because it beautifully illustrates how a broken spirit can be healed by an unexpected source of hope,” Oyelowo said in a statement. “I feel blessed to be continuing my very fruitful relationship with Paramount.”
Kate Mara will play the role of Smith Robinson, the woman Nichols was standing trial for raping.
Nichols, who killed a judge, a court secretary, a police officer and a federal agent and severely injured a Fulton County deputy on that harrowing day a decade ago, is serving out a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
The movie also stars Michael K Williams, Mimi Rogers, Jessica Oyelowo andLeonor Varela and was produced by Terry Botwick, Jerry Jameson, David Oyelowo and Ken Wales in addition to BN Films’ Alex Garcia, Lucas Akoskin and Katrina Wolfe. The executive producers are Santiago Garcia Galvan, BN’s Jonathan Gray, Elliott Lester, Ralph Winter and Bird. BN fully financed the picture.
“In March of 2005 Ashley’s story captivated the nation on news outlets everywhere. Her story is thrilling and redemptive as God intersected the lives of two very broken people in the most dramatic way,” Bostwick said in a statement. “It has been amazing getting to know Ashley and to be working with such fine actors. I’m so pleased to also be partnering with Paramount to bring this authentic encounter to a worldwide audience.”
“Jerry Jameson has done a fantastic job bringing to life Ashley Smith’s harrowing ordeal and miraculous redemption, and Kate Mara portrays her with phenomenal sensitivity and poignancy,” said said Alex Garcia, President of AG Studios, the holding company of BN Films.