Kevin Costner-Octavia Spencer Drama 'Black and White' Gets Oscar-Qualifying Run

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival
'Black or White'

The film, which co-stars Octavia Spencer, will get a limited engagement to qualify for awards consideration

The Kevin Costner-Octavia Spencer drama Black and White will open in a limited engagement on Dec. 3, 2014, to qualify for awards consideration, Relativity announced Wednesday.

It will run for one week in December, then will receive a platform release on Jan. 23, 2015, and will expand on Jan. 30.

Written and directed by Reign Over Me's Mike Binder, Black and White centers on a grandfather (Costner) who is drawn into a legal battle when his bi-racial granddaughter's grandmother (Spencer) seeks custody of the girl.

The cast additionally includes Anthony Mackie, Breaking Bad's Bill Burr, Community's Gillian Jacobs, and Zero Dark Thirty's Jennifer Ehle. Binder and Costner previously collaborated on The Upside of Anger.

The film premiered at Toronto to critical acclaim and awards buzz. It was picked up for distribution by Relativity a month later, after talks broke down with Open Road. Costner and Binder produced with Todd Lewis, and Cassian Elwes executive produced.

Its Dec. 3 run starts days before the limited releases of awards contenders Still Alice, Top Five and Wild.

It shares the Jan. 23 date with the submarine drama Black Sea, the Johnny Depp action comedy Mortdecai and the Jennifer Lopez thriller The Boy Next Door. Releases on Jan. 30 include the found-footage Project Almanac.

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