Taraji P. Henson's 'The Best of Enemies' Picked Up by STXfilms

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Sam Rockwell also stars in the movie about a civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader.

STXfilms has picked up the domestic rights to drama The Best of Enemies, starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell.

The movie, which is based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader. The duo reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina, during the summer of 1971.

Producer Robin Bissell (Hunger Games) directed the film from a script he wrote.

Rogue One actor Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr. and Nick Searcy also star.

Danny Strong, Fred Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Dominique Telson and Bissell produced, along with Material Pictures’ Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe. Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels are executive producing.

The deal was brokered by UTA Independent Film Group.