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Rafe Spall to Lead Spike Lee-Backed Civil Rights Drama ‘Son of the South’

Written by on June 27, 2012 

Rafe Spall‘s done solid, reliable character work for years now, becoming a recognizable faces (if not name) via Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Anonymous, and, most recently, Prometheus. With his days as a foolhardy biologist now all but behind him — and with that, realistically, being one of the more prominent roles of his entire onscreen career — it might be time for him to take the spotlight.

Variety reports that Spall will headline Son of the South, a real-life drama that Barry Alexander Brown will helm for his frequent collaborator and, this time out, executive producer, Spike Lee. The story is based on The Wrong Side of Murder Creek, an autobiography by Bob Zellner; in the book, he discussed a southern upbringing that, despite both his environment and family history — such as a KKK-indoctrinated grandfather — led him into a life of Civil Rights activism. Being a member of this movement, at this time, and in the south brought a constant threat to his life, but the results seem both uplifting and worthy of the incredible effort and danger.

Jacqueline Emerson (The Hunger Games) is co-starring as Zellner’s fiancée, Carol Anne; Lou Gossett Jr., Marianne Jean Baptiste (Without a Trace, Takers), Saskia Reeves (Luther), Clint Dyer (Unknown), and Chaka Forman — as his own father, Jim — will be in the supporting cast. Though such a collection gives the impression of a slightly lower-profile effort — even for Lee, whose new film has almost no recognizable faces — South mostly sounds like a good project for all involved.

Major Motion Pictures and Rhino Films will produce Son of the South.

Do these early details make Son of the South out to be a project worthy of Lee’s name?


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