Babou Ceesay, Sam Rockwell Join Taraji P. Henson In “The Best of Enemies”

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Babou Ceesay, Sam Rockwell Join Taraji P. Henson In “The Best of Enemies”
Posted by Wilson Morales

May 18, 2017

Babou Ceesay and Sam Rockwell have been added to “The Best of Enemies,” joining Taraji P. Henson, who plays a civil rights activist in the film.

The film will be directed by Robin Bissell, who also adapted the script from Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”

The centers on the battle and eventual friendship between Ann Atwater (Henson), a working class, single black mother in Durham, NC, who quit her job as a household domestic to join the civil rights fight, and C. P. Ellis (Rockwell), a working class white man also from Durham who, as a young man, joined the Ku Klux Klan. The fought for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree. That event changed both of their lives immeasurably.”

Ceesay, who recently starred in  Showtime’s “Guerrilla” miniseries,  will play Bill Riddick who convinced Ellis and Atwater to try to reach a compromise. The cast also includes Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, Nick Searcy, and John Gallagher Jr.

Rockwell is known for his work in films like Moon, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Green Mile, Choke and Galaxy Quest.

Production will begin in Atlanta on May 22 for Fred Beernstein’s Astute Films. The film is produced by Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Bissell and Dominique Telson. Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels will executive produce.


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