Kevin Costner Signs On For Director Mike Binder's Racial Drama Black And White
Kevin Costner received positive marks the last time he worked with director Mike Binder, starring alongside Joan Allen in the 2001 dramedy The Upside of Anger, so it's fitting that the pair would be willing to work together on another project. A report has come from Deadline saying that the actor is now set to play the lead in Binder's indie drama Black and White.
Based on an original screenplay by the director, the film will star Costner as a widowed grandfather who has raised his bi-racial granddaughter ever since his daughter, the girl's mother, died during childbirth. His role as guardian is questioned, however, when the child's paternal grandmother sues for custody. As the trade notes, the case "becomes about race and where she should grow up." The film will be the first that Binder has directed since 2007's Reign Over Me, starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. The new movie looks to start filming in New Orleans this summer, once Costner's schedule has cleared up.
Costner has been very busy of late and will next be seen as Jonathan "Pa" Kent in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. He also has Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan reboot coming out in December, and has just finished filming McG's Three Days To Kill and has just started rolling on Ivan Reitman's ensemble football comedy Draft Day. Looks like that Emmy he won for Hatfields & McCoys went a long way. Look forward to seeing a lot of him in the next couple years.
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