Joel Edgerton to Headline Film About Famous Loving v. Virginia Civil Rights Case

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Ruth Negga will also star in the film 'Loving' for director Jeff Nichols.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are set to star in Jeff Nichols’ Loving as Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple at the center of the famous 1967 civil rights case Loving v. Virginia.

The couple was married in June of 1958, but then authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and they were sentenced to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended on the condition that they be exiled from the state of Virginia. The two spent nine years fighting to get home before their Supreme Court victory.

Big Beach and Raindog films are producing the project, which is slated to begin filming in September in Virginia. Producing are Sarah Green, Colin Firth, Ged Doherty, Nancy Buirski, Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf.

The film is inspired by the documentary The Loving Story, directed by Buirski. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Jack Turner will serve as executive producers. The film was developed by Raindog and The Zoo, with Big Beach coming aboard to finance.  

CAA brokered the deal with Big Beach and will handle North American sales. Wild Bunch is selling the film internationally.

Edgerton is repped by CAA and Shanahan Management. Negga is repped by ICM Partners, Gotham/Principal Entertainment LA, and Markham, Froggatt & Irwin.