Michael Shannon, Nick Kroll Join Joel Edgerton in Jeff Nichols’ Drama ‘Loving’

Story follows an interracial couple who fought for their marriage after being jailed and exiled from their home

Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll  have joined the cast of Jeff Nichols‘ interracial marriage drama “Loving” along with Jon Bass (“Big Time in Hollywood, FL”), Marton Csokas (“The Equalizer”) and Bill Camp (“Black Mass”).

Joel Edgerton (“Black Mass”) and Ruth Negga (“World War Z”) star as Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who married in June 1958. They were arrested, thrown into jail, and exiled from the state in which they lived. For the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family.

Kroll will play Bernie Cohen, Bass will play Phil Hirschkop, Csokas will play Sheriff Brooks and Camp will play as Frank Beazley. Shannon will play Grey Villet, the LIFE Magazine photographer who shot the iconic images of the Lovings in 1965.

Shannon has appeared in all of Nichols’ films, while the director recently worked with Edgerton and Camp on the sci-fi movie “Midnight Special,” which hits theaters next year.

Big Beach and Raindog Films announced Tuesday that principal photography has commenced in Virginia on the film, which was inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Loving Story.”

Colin Firth and Ged Doherty are producing “Loving” with Buirski and Sarah Green as well as Big Beach’s Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub. The film will be executive produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jack Turner, and Jared Ian Goldman.

“The words ‘commencing principal photography’ and the name Jeff Nichols make my head spin. I’ve dreamt of making this movie for years and I am thrilled it’s come to life with this amazing cast,” said Firth.

CAA is selling domestic rights to “Loving,” with Wild Bunch handling foreign sales.

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