Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga fight for their marriage in the first trailer for “Loving”.
The interracial marriage drama has been steadily earning some awards buzz since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Based on the true story, the film celebrates the real-life perseverance and courage of Richard and Mildred Loving (Edgerton and Negga), whose 1958 marriage sent them both to prison for disobeying Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws. Their fight for their civil rights led them all the way to the Supreme Court, leading to the declaration of Virginia’s race-based marriage ban unconstitutional in 1967.
Writer-director Jeff Nichols, who helmed critical favourites “Take Shelter”, “Mud”, and “Midnight Special”, earned more critical acclaim for his touching and sensitive story “Loving” at Cannes, kicking off Oscar talk during the festival. The film has continued to steadily gain buzz, placing it as an early pick as a sure-fire Oscar contender for both it’s director and cast ahead of it’s theatrical release on November 4.
Michael Shannon, who has appeared in all of Nichols’ feature films, is once again re-teaming with him for “Loving”. Shannon will appear as LIFE magazine photographer Grey Villet, whose photographs of the Lovings documented their love story.