David Oyelowo and Kate Mara Set to Lead True-Life Thriller 'Captive'
by Ethan Anderton
October 16, 2013
Both David Oyelowo and Kate Mara have been on a promising rise to leading man and woman status. Oyelowo is coming off a solid performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar in his future while Kate Mara has "House of Cards" on her resumé and Wally Pfister's Transcendence lined up. Now the two rising stars will team up for a real-life thriller called Captive from director Jerry Jameson, who's known better for his TV work on shows like "Murder, She Wrote" and "Dallas" but has also directed films like Raise the Titanic. This new feature sounds like it could raise a lot of acclaim with an engaging story straight from the headlines that seems fit for the film festival circuit. So what's the story?
In Atlanta, Georgia, on March 11th, 2005, Brian Nichols (Oyelowo) broke out of a courthouse jail and killed the judge assigned to oversee his case along with the court reporter, a sheriff's deputy and an FBI officer. As authorities pursued Nichols, he took a meth addicted single mother (Mara) hostage in her own apartment. While she was held captive, the woman used the best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren to reason with her captor, and we won't spoil what happened after that. It was the captor who wrote the book An Unlikely Angel, which serves as the source material for the film which THR reports is written by Brian Bird ("Touched by an Angel") and newcomer Reinhard Denke. This has the potential to be very melodramatic, but we're hoping that promising talents like Oyelowo and Mara will make it work.