Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll have been added to the cast of 2016 biopic Loving. The film, inspired by HBO documentary The Loving Story, will tell the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. The two were married in 1958 but were arrested and forced out of their home state due to Virginia’s miscegenation statute in the 1924 Racial Integrity Act. It was this marriage that brought about the Loving vs. Virginia civil rights case in the Supreme Court.
In the film, Shannon will portray the photographer who shot iconic images of the couple for Life magazine, while Kroll is cast as Bernard Cohen – a politician who defended them before the Supreme Court.
Loving is currently shooting principal photography in Virginia, and is directed by Jeff Nichols. This will be the fifth time that Shannon has featured in one of Nichols’ movies. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are cast in the titular roles, and the flick is currently plotted for release at some point in 2016.
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