Over the years the media has shown a light on police brutality, and now Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is in talks to bring a controversial story to the screen about a brutal killing, that’s sure to get a few heads rolling. The film is called Fruitvale and is coming together quickly after the controversial killing of Trayvon Martin.
The film, which is said to be produced by Forest Whitaker is described as a “timely drama” about the story of Oscar Grant, a young man who, in 2009, was detained by the Bay Area Rapid Transit and then shot to death. Fruitvale is the name of the train station where the incident took place. At the time a few cell phones had caught the attack on video, making a heatwave of viral outrage over the Bay Area Rapid police, causing riots and subsequent trials.
Promising Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and The Wire actor Michael B. Jordan, is said to be in negotiations for the pivotal role of Oscar Grant. If the deal goes through Jordan will be seen as Grant, going through the last steps of his life, meeting strangers, friends, and family before he is brutally murdered. Octavia Spencer is set to play his tough and protecting mother, which is surely another strong role for The Help actress.
The production on Fruitvale is said to start in July in North Carolina.
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