*Relativity has acquired U.S. rights to Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer’s racially-charged drama “Black and White,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Written and directed by Mike Binder and based on a true story, “Black and White” centers on an attorney (Costner) who becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the paternal grandmother (Spencer) of his biracial granddaughter, whom he is raising after his wife and daughter have died.
Anthony Mackie, Andre Holland, Bill Burr, Mpho Koaho, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle and 10-year-old newcomer Jillian Estell round out the cast.
The film got a ton of buzz when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 6,. Sources say Relativity is hoping to benefit during awards-season — with an eye toward Costner and Spencer’s performances.
In his review in THR, Jordan Mintzer wrote that Black and White “creates a believable story raising questions about parenthood and racial prejudice in modern-day Los Angeles.” THR’s Scott Feinberg called it “one of the best movies that has already screened at the Toronto Film Festival but hasn’t yet found a U.S. distributor.”