David Oyelowo and Kate Mara-Starrer 'Captive' Lands at Paramount Pictures

David Oyelowo Kate Mara - H 2013
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David Oyelowo Kate Mara - H 2013

The studio will release the true-life thriller on September 18 after acquiring worldwide distribution rights.

Paramount Pictures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Captive, the true-life thriller featuring Selma star David Oyelowo and Kate Mara (House of Cards).

Terms of the deal for the BN Films-financed title were not disclosed. Paramount will release the film, by director Jerry Jameson, on Sept. 18.

Captive is based on the true events that occurred in Atlanta on March 11, 2005. Brian Nichols, played by Oyelowo, 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. During her ordeal, Smith used a book she had been given, pastor Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life, to reason with her captor. 

Captive also stars Michael K. Williams, Mimi Rogers, Jessica Oyelowo and Leonor Varela. The film is produced by Terry Botwick, Jameson, Oyelowo and Ken Wales, in addition to BN Films' Alex Garcia, Lucas Akoskin and Katrina Wolfe.

The executive producers are Santiago Garcia Galvan, Jonathan Gray, Elliott Lester, Ralph Winter and Brian Bird, who wrote the screenplay. Captive is based on the book Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero by Ashley Smith and Stacy Mattingly.

Oyelowo is represented by CAA, Inphenate, Hamilton Hodell and Schreck, Rose, Dapello & Adams. Mara is represented by UTA, Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.