Veteran Jerry Jameson (1980’s Raise the Titanic) is directing the feature, which is also being produced with Brightside Entertainment, 1019 Entertainment and Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions.
The story is based on the true events that occurred in Atlanta, Ga., on March 11, 2005. That’s when Brian Nichols, who will be played by Oyelowo in the movie, broke out of a courthouse jail and shot 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 took Ashley Smith (Mara), a single mother struggling with meth addiction, hostage in her own apartment. Over the course of her ordeal, Smith used a book she had been given, Rick Warren‘s The Purpose Driven Life, to reason with her captor, with surprising results.
Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers are rounding out the cast.
The script is from Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, adapting Ashley Smith’s best-selling book An Unlikely Angel.
Alex Garcia, Lucas Akoskin, Terry Botwick, Oyelowo and Ken Wales will produce. Katrina Wolfe, Jonathan Gray, Ralph Winter, Elliott Lester and Bird are executive producing.
The film is set to begin principal photography later this month.
BN Films is the international production company launched less than a year ago by Garcia and Akoskin. Based in Santa Monica and Mexico City, the company has 23 projects in various stages of development, including Jonas Cuaron’s Desierto and The Jesuit, written by Paul Schrader with a cast that includes Tim Roth.
Captive will also mark BN’s second venture with Oyelowo, who starred in the recently wrapped Nightingale, set for a festival run next year.
Oyelowo (WME, Inphenate, Hamilton Hodell, Schreck Rose) played Forest Whitaker’s son in Lee Daniels’ the Butler and is shooting Interstellar for Christopher Nolan.
Mara (UTA, Stone Meyer) plays ambitious reporter Zoe Barnes on House of Cards, Netflix’s hit political drama. She recently wrapped shooting Transcendence, Alcon’s sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp and executive produced by Nolan.