Jesse Williams prepares to make his first film. The actor Gray's Anatomy, who is already behind the camera for an episode of the medical series, will take his first steps on the big screen with till, a film based on a true story.
Till is centered on the fight of Grandma Mobley Till, the mother of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black teenager who was brutally killed in 1955 in Mississippi for allegedly flirting with a young white woman.
During the funeral of the teenager, his mother insisted that the casket be open and that people realize the brutality with which his son was killed. The mutilated body of the boy was exposed to denounce the racial charge of the murder and the violence of the lynching he suffered.
The two white men who kidnapped and killed Emmett were acquitted by an all-white jury. They even confessed to their crime during an interview but were not sentenced afterwards because they were protected by the double criminality laws that prevent a new trial.
Years later, Caroline Bryant-Donham, the woman at the heart of the case admitted to lying about her interaction with Emmett.
For years, Jesse Williams has been fighting civil injustice, a vocal civil rights activist, and a big supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is therefore not surprising to see him make a film on such a subject.
Another mini-series project on the case has also been underway on HBO for a few years with Jay-Z and Will Smith in production.
The film will go into production in the summer of 2019 with the support of the Till family.
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