Haley Bennett Joins Whoopi Goldberg in ‘Till’ Biopic

The film is partially based on the 2005 documentary ‘The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.’


Haley Bennett, best known recently for her starring turn in Carlos Mirabella-DavisSwallow and a supporting role in Antonio CamposThe Devil All the Time, has joined the cast of writer-director Chinonye Chukwu‘s Till, according to Deadline. She’ll star opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Frankie Faison, and Jalyn Hall, with the film currently shooting in Atlanta.

The film, partially based on Keith Beauchamp‘s 2005 documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, tells the story of Mamie Till-Mobley as she pursues justice for her son’s tragic death at the hands of white supremacists, a moment that would galvanize the civil rights movement. Till-Mobley deliberately held a public, open-casket funeral for her son to demonstrate the brutality of racism in the American South. Jet magazine would publish graphic photos from Till’s funeral, driven by his mother’s motivation to ensure that justice could be found.

In spite of many rafts of evidence being collected against them, the accused murderers were acquitted, infamously speaking to the torrid racism that beset the nation at the time. Beauchamp’s documentary, however, contributed to the case being reopened by the U.S. Department of Justice. It was only the second documentary to be released about the case, after The Murder of Emmett Till aired on PBS.

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Bennett also stars opposite Peter Dinklage and Kelvin Harrison in partner Joe Wright‘s adaptation of Cyrano, a re-imagining of Edmund Rostand‘s classic play Cyrano de Bergerac, a fictional retelling of the eponymous nobleman’s life. Premiering to critical acclaim at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, it is at the forefront of this year’s awards conversation. Bennett is also set to star in Eli Roth‘s Borderlands adaptation alongside Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jack Black, as a character with a connection to Cate Blanchett‘s Vault Hunter Lilith.

No release date has yet been announced for Till.


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