Release Date: 11/4/16; In Theaters
Studio(s): Big Beach Films, Raindog Films
Running Time: Unknown
Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Joel Edgerton (Richard Loving), Ruth Negga (Mildred Loving),
Marton Csokas (Sheriff Brooks), Michael Shannon (Grey Villet), Nick Kroll (Bernie Cohen), Jon Bass (Phil Hirschkop), Bill Camp (Frank Beazley).
Story: On 5/8/15 Deadline reported that Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga will star as Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple behind the seminal 1967 civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia. Big Beach will finance the film, which is inspired by the documentary The Loving Story. Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, were married in June 1958. As a result, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and they were sentenced to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended on the condition that they be exiled from the state of Virginia. Unbowed, the couple spent the next nine years fighting to get home, together, and the theme of the story is about marrying the one you want and finding the one you need.
Shadow and Act stated on 11/20/15 that principal photography was underway in Virginia and that the story of the Lovings became the basis of Mr. & Mrs. Loving, a 1996 made-for-TV movie that starred Lela Rochon, Timothy Hutton and Ruby Dee. However, it was reported that Mildred Loving dismissed it as mostly fantasy. Sources: Deadline; Shadow and Act; Photo Sources: lovingfilm.com; Shadow and Act.