Till tells the powerful story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight for justice after her 14-year-old son Emmett Till was lynched in rural Mississippi in 1955.The drama from Orion Pictures, MGM Pictures and United Artists Releasing stars Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till-Mobley and Jalyn Hall as Emmett Till.
Chinonye Chukwu directed and co-wrote the script with Michael Reilly and Keith Beauchamp. During a panel at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles awards-season event, Beauchamp — who also directed a 2005 documentary on Emmett Till — said it took 29 years to bring the feature film to the screen. “Hollywood never wanted to touch this film,” Beauchamp told the audience.
As the project finally began to move forward, Chukwu was brought on board. The filmmaker said she knew a key part of the story would be re-creating Emmett’s funeral, where his brutalized body was displayed in an open casket. “The question for me wasn’t whether or not to show Emmett’s body, but how to show it,” Chukwu said.Read more on deadline.com
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