STXfilms has released some photos to Astute Films’ civil rights drama The Best of Enemies, starring Taraji P. Henson and Academy Award winner and Sam Rockwell.
The film is 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 story 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. They 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.”
Also featured in the film are Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, Sope Aluko, John Gallagher Jr., and Bruce McGill.
Danny Strong, Fred Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Bissell, Dominique Telson and Material Pictures’ Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe produced the period piece while Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels served as executive producers.
The Best of Enemies hits theaters on April 5, 2019.