*Omar Epps has been tapped to lead “One Small Mistake,” described as a neo-noir thriller about a man searching for truth and justice in a bigoted small town.
British Emmy-nominated Alexander Harvey is directing a script adapted by Guy Bennett from French author Jean Francois Coatmeur’s La Bavure, according to Deadline.com.
Epps made his debut in 1992’s “Juice” and starred in “Major League II,” “Higher Learning,:” “Scream 2,” “Love & Basketball” and “Against the Ropes.”
He’ll be seen next spring on ABC’s drama “Resurrection” produced by Plan B, debuting March 9.
*Michael Kenneth Williams has joined the cast of “Twelve Years a Slave,” an adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 book about a free black man who is drugged and dragged to the South to be sold into slavery.
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The actor joins Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt in the Steve McQueen-directed film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Raising Hope‘s” Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano and SNL’s Taran Killam are also in “Twelve Years.”
Williams, best known for playing Chalky White on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Omar Little on “The Wire,” will play Robert, a mutinous slave in “Twelve Years.”
New Regency is backing the film, while River Road and Pitt’s Plan B are producing. Production is currently underway in New Orleans.
*British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has signed on to topline an adaptation of “Twelve Years a Slave,” an autobiography written in 1853 by Solomon Northup, a free black man who became enslaved.
Brad Pitt and his Plan B banner are producing, while Steve McQueen, who co-wrote the script with John Ridley, is directing the adaptation.
Ejiofor will play Northup, a married and educated free black man living in New York when two men approached him with a job offer in Washington. When he showed up in D.C., he was kidnapped and put in a slave pen, paving the way to his grueling life under numerous owners.
The book is studied for everything from its details of the slave markets that existed in D.C. to the type of food served to slaves.
Northup was able to secure his freedom when a white carpenter from Canada, who didn’t believe in slavery, was able to smuggle out letters to Northup’s wife, initiating a court case that saw him set free.
Ejiofor starred in the British TV series “The Shadow Line” and recently completed shooting “Savannah,” another slave drama that also stars James Caviezel and Jamie Alexander.