Oyewole is playing Ossian Sweet, African –American Doctor who was tried for murder in Detroit in 1925.
The Movie directed by award-winning Brazilian director and producer, Jose Padilha is based on Kevin Boyle’s 2004 non-fiction book “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age.”
“It tells the true story of a racial incident that put Dr Ossian Sweet on the stand for murder for simply defending his newly bought property against a mob of white rioters.
“His defense was funded by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), and led by legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, American film writers and directors Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes wrote the script for the project, which is being financed by The Mark Gordon Company.
Oyelowo had in 2014 played his globally acclaimed ‘highest-profile role to date’ as Martin Luther King Jr. in the American biographical drama film ‘Selma’.
The film was based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, championed by the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Born on April 1,1976, in Oxford, England to Nigerian parents, Oyelowo began his stage career in 1999 when he was offered a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing roles in Ben Jonson‘s ‘Volpone’.
In a major landmark for ‘colour-blind’ casting, Oyelowo was the first black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare.
He played King Henry VI in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2001 productions of Shakespeare’s trilogy of plays about the king as a part of its season ‘This England: The Histories’.
Since coming to limelight, he had played many supporting and lead roles in internationally acclaimed films, including the iconic ‘A United Kingdom’ in 2016.
In 2015, he starred in ‘Captive’ where he also served as producer under his ‘Yoruba Saxon Productions’ banner.
For his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in ‘Selma’, Oyelowo in 2014 received the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
He has also received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.
In 2014 also, for his performance in the award-winning film ‘Nightingale’, he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries, among others.
Oyelowo was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to drama.
He starred in the HBO original film Nightingale (2014).