NEW FILM: Director Ava DuVernay with UK actor David Oyelowo
BRITISH ACTOR David Oyelowo is to reunite once again with Selma director Ava DuVernay for a film set during Hurricane Katrina.
It will be the pair’s third time working together, having first made Middle of Nowhere, which won DuVernay the Best Director prize at the Sundance Festival in 2012.
DuVernau will write, produce and direct the “sweeping love story and complex murder mystery” while Oyelowo will star, according to a statement.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the surrounding area in 2005. More than 1,800 people were killed, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in US history.
“The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself,” DuVernay said.
“Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time,” said executive producer Jonathan King.
“Ava DuVernay has shown herself to be highly skilled at bringing intimacy and contemporary urgency to epic events. We have been looking for the right way to get back in business with Ava, and with David Oyelowo, and are proud to reteam with them on her original idea, which we believe will be a powerful film.”
DuVernay and Oyelowo’s work on the Martin Luther King biopic Selma has drawn widespread acclaim and grossed almost $40 million. However, neither DuVernay or Oyelowo received Oscar nominations.