David Oyelowo Will Play a Villain in Upcoming Thriller

By Qimmah Saafir Mar 17, 2015

David Oyelowo, who delivered a moving performance as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s "Selma," will star in a new film as a serious bad guy.

"Captive," which was recently acquired by Paramount, is an adaptation of the book "Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero" by Ashley Smith and Stacy Mattingly.

The book and film are based on actual events that took place in Atlanta on March 11, 2005 during which Brian Nichols, played by Oyelowo, broke out of a courthouse jail, fatally shot the judge assigned to his case, a court reporter, a sheriff’s deputy and an FBI officer, and took a hostage while a manhunt for him ensued. The thriller is slated for September 18, 2015. Read more.