“Bessie” director Dee Rees is directing the film. Cassian Elwes (Elevated), Charles King (Macro), Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson are producing. Poppy Hanks will exec produce. MACRO will co-finance with Zeal. Good Universe is selling foreign rights.
Virgil Williams (“Criminal Minds”) penned the screenplay based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name. It revolves around a city worker in a WWII-torn country who relocates his family to a failing Mississippi farm and is forced to overcome insurmountable hardships, including his brother’s return from war.
No distributor is currently attached, with producers planning to showcase the package in the coming weeks.
Former WME partner King launched the media venture MACRO in 2015. The entertainment company is focused on premium content creation, distribution and engagement for African-American, Latino and multicultural audiences.
After breaking out in “Friday Night Lights,” Hedlund has gone on to star in “Tron: Legacy,” “Pan” and “Unbroken.” He worked with Oscar Isaacs in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llweyn Davis” and in “Mojave,” directed by William Monahan. Next up for Hedlund is Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” due this winter, and Steven Soderbergh’s HBO project “Mosaic.”
Clarke is coming off a busy 2015 with starring roles in “Everest” and “Terminator Genisys,” and can be seen next in the WWII thriller “HHhH” as well as the pic “All I Can See is You” opposite Blake Lively.
Mulligan has always had an eye for prestige pics with such as “An Education,” “Shame” and “Never Let Me Go” and looks to have found another strong role given the pedigree around it. She was most recently seen in “Suffragette” and “Far From the Madding Crowd.”
Mitchell broke out last year with his portrayal of Eazy E in the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” and recently wrapped production on “Kong: Skull Island.”
Mulligan is repped by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates, while Clarke is repped by WME, RGM Artists and Robert Stein Management. Hedlund is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, and Mitchell is repped by UTA and Authentic.
Rees, who is also repped by WME and Mosaic, is coming off her critically acclaimed telepic “Bessie,” which won outstanding television movie at last year’s Emmy Awards.
Williams is repped by CAA.