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Russell Crowe in Talks For ‘ARC OF JUSTICE’

May 9, 2017


Russell Crowe is in negotiations to join David Oyelowo in the upcoming film, ARC OF JUSTICE for the Mark Gordon Company.

Jose Padilha will direct from a script by Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes, based on the 2004 book by Kevin Boyle titled “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age.” The book tells the true story of a racial incident in Detroit in 1925 involving African American doctor Ossian Sweet (Oyelowo). He was charged with murder, and famous lawyer Clarence Darrow took on the case. The book won the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

The book was published by Ohio State Universe and is described as the following:

In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to complete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes. And so it began- a chain of events that brought America’s greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality.

Gordon, Borenstein, Hawk Koch and Matt Jackson will be producing, with Josh Clay for the Mark Gordon Company.

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