David Oyelowo's year is set to end just as strongly as it began. The Selma star will be back on the big screen in September with Captive, a psychological thriller that was picked up for distribution by Paramount Pictures this week.
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The film was inspired by the true story of an Atlanta-based man named Brian Nichols — played by Oyelowo — who escaped from a courthouse jail and killed the judge assigned to his case, as well as the court's reporter, sheriff's deputy and an FBI officer. He then led federal and local police on a statewide manhunt, during which he took a single mother with a drug addiction (Kate Mara) hostage in her own apartment, where she would eventually use the wisdom from a book in her possession (Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life") to reason with Nichols.
Michael K. Williams plays the lead detective on Nichols' case. Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers round out the cast.
Meanwhile, British actress Cynthia Erivo will reprise her performance as Celie in The Color Purple when the show comes to Broadway, Deadline.com reports. Jennifer Hudson has already been announced to play Shug in the show. Erivo will be making her Broadway debut in the Oprah Winfrey-produced musical revival.
Previews are set to begin Monday, Nov. 9, prior to an official opening on Dec. 3.
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