Clarence Williams III has been cast to star opposite Gary Sinise in the TNT biopic based on the life of the controversial former Alabama Gov. George Wallace that is slated to go before the cameras on Monday.
In the film — directed by John Frankenheimer — Williams will play the role of Archie, Wallace’s real-life personal servant, who has devoted his life to the wheelchair-bound onetime Presidential candidate since the 1960s.
Wallace’s family has threatened a lawsuit to stop the film from going forward over objections it has with the script. But as of Thursday, no suit had been filed and it appeared unlikely that one would be prior to the beginning of principal photography.
This will be Williams’ third film for Frankenheimer. He also worked in the 1986 theatrical “52 Pick-Up” as well as “Against the Wall,” Frankenheimer’s 1994 HBO docudrama on the Attica prison uprising.
Glenn Robbins of Abrams Artists Agency is Williams’ agent. Peg Donegan of Mindel, Shaw, Donegan is Williams’ manager.