Octavia Spencer is in final negotiations to play God in Lionsgate's adaptation The Shack, based on William Paul Young's 2007 novel. Lionsgate acquired the novel back in 2013, which has sold 10 million copies in the U.S. and 18 million worldwide, and has been translated into 39 languages. Production is scheduled to begin this spring.
The story centers on a man named Mackenzie Allen Phillips, whose youngest daughter Missy is abducted during a family vacation. The police find evidence in a nearby shack that suggest the young girl was murdered. Four years later, Mackenzie receives a note, supposedly written by God (Octavia Spencer), asking him to come back to The Shack. Against his better judgment, he does return to the shack, where he finds something that will change his life forever.Read More
Relativity Media has released the first trailer for the stirring new drama Black or White from writer and director Mike Binder. Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer team up to tackle some of the race issues facing our country right now. A hot bed issue, this first look is a timely expose on some of the emotions being expressed on the nightly news these past two weeks.
Black or White tells the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl's paternal grandmother (Academy Award nominee Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.Read More
Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has signed on to star in Lionsgate's Divergent sequel, Insurgent.
The actress will portray Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, which is dedicated to peacefulness, kindness, forgiveness, trust, self-sufficiency, and neutrality. Shailene Woodley is returning as Tris Prior, along with Theo James as Tris' love interest Four and Kate Winslet as Jeanine, the leader of the Erudite (intelligence) faction.Read More
Just two days after Leslie Mann joined the cast of Las Madres, actress Octavia Spencer has signed on.
The story follows three unemployed women whose economic prospects are looking grim. They decide to hunt down a wanted criminal who has a hefty reward out for his capture. Leslie Mann and Octavia Spencer are likely playing two of the three friends, with the final main role yet to be cast, along with the criminal.Read More
IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford announced today that IM Global will launch the international sales in Cannes of Black and White, the project that re-teams two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Man of Steel, The Upside of Anger, For Love of the Game, Open Range, Dances with Wolves) with acclaimed writer, director and actor Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger, Reign Over Me). The film, which also stars Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer, is based on Binder's own script, and is a co-production of Costner's Treehouse Productions and Binder's Sunlight Productions, along with Todd Lewis. Cassian Elwes is onboard as an executive producer.
Binder's engrossing drama focuses on attorney Elliot Anderson (Kevin Costner) who is widowed after the car crash death of his wife. Elliot has raised his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot's world is turned upside-down when the child's African American grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer) demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for the negligence that led to the death of his own daughter. Elliot finds himself deeply entrenched in a custody battle and will stop at nothing to keep his granddaughter from coming under the watch of his reckless son-in-law. Black and White is a searing portrayal of a broken man caught up in a struggle clouded by bitterness, blame and racial tension who learns to forgive and how to provide for the only family he has left.Read More
Nine international character posters and nine new photos have been released from Snowpiercer, which marks the stateside debut of The Host and Mother director Joon-ho Bong. Based on the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige", the story follows the last remains of humanity, now forced to live out their days on a perpetual motion train after a failed global warming experiment brings on a new ice age. As a class system evolves, a revolution is born. Check out international cast members Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris and Ewen Bremner as they travel the frozen wastelands of a desolate earth.
Snowpiercer was released June 27th, 2014.Read More
Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of Baggage Claim for Fox Searchlight Pictures and writer-director David E. Talbert.
We reported in May that Paula Patton will star as Montana Moore, a single flight attendant who is the oldest, unmarried woman in her family. She goes on a cross-country trek to find a husband in 30 days, before her younger sister gets hitched. No details were given regarding Octavia Spencer's character. Derek Luke is also starring in an unspecified role.Read More