The Best of Enemies (2019 film)
|The Best of Enemies|
|Directed by||Robin Bissell|
|Written by||Robin Bissell|
|Based on||The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South|
by Osha Gray Davidson
|Music by||Marcelo Zarvos|
|Edited by||Harry Yoon|
|Distributed by||STX Films|
The Best of Enemies is an upcoming American drama film directed and written by Robin Bissell. It is based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., and Nick Searcy. It is scheduled to be released on April 5, 2019 by STX Entertainment.
Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), a civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina, battles with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader C. P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell) for a decade until 1971, when the two agree to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree, which changes both of their lives.
- Taraji P. Henson as Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham
- Sam Rockwell as C. P. Ellis
- Babou Ceesay as Bill Riddick
- Anne Heche
- Wes Bentley
- Bruce McGill
- John Gallagher Jr.
- Nick Searcy
- Sope Aluko as Henrietta Kaye
In June 2015, it was announced that Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell would star in the true story based civil rights drama, an adaptation of Osha Gray Davidson's book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, Robin Bissell was attached to make his directorial debut from his own script. Filming began on May 22, 2017, in Georgia. In July 2018, STX Entertainment acquired the film's domestic distribution rights. Producers on the film were Danny Strong, Fred Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Bissell, Dominique Telson, and Material Pictures' Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe. The trailer was released on October 11, 2018.
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