Michael Shannon joins Jeff Nichols’ interracial marriage drama Loving

Shooting is currently underway in Virginia


Want a fun fact? Actor Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Boardwalk Empire) has appeared in every one of Jeff Nichols’ films: 2007’s Shotgun Stories, 2011’s Take Shelter, 2012’s Mud, and next year’s Midnight Special. And that curious record will stay strong as he’ll soon appear in Nichols’ latest project, the interracial marriage drama, Loving.

The film is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were married in June of 1958. That marriage, however, lead to the authorities breaking into their home, arresting them, and eventually exiling the two from the state of Virginia. For nine years, the troubled couple fought their way back home.

Joel Edgerton (Black Mass) and Ruth Negga (12 Years a Slave) will play the two principal leads and head a striking supporting cast that includes Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Marton Csokas, Bill Camp, and, of course, Shannon. He’ll be playing a LIFE photographer who shot photos of the couple in 1965.

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Nichols took inspiration for the film from Nancy Buirski’s 2011 documentary The Loving Story, which originally aired on HBO. Buirski will serve as a producer alongside Sarah Green, Colin Firth, Ged Doherty, Peter Saraf, and Marc Turtletaub. While Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jack Turner, and Jared Ian Goldman will serve as executive producers.

“The words ‘commencing principal photography’ and the name Jeff Nichols make my head spin,” Firth announced. “I’ve dreamt of making this movie for years and I am thrilled it’s come to life with this amazing cast.”

Shooting is currently underway in Virginia.

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