Third time lucky for Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo
It’s third time lucky for director of Academy Award nominated film, Selma and Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVerney and her leading man, British actor David Oyelowo.
With all the nominations and awards, the snubbing and all the forgiving of racist terms, Ava DuVerney and David Oyelowo have barely been out of the news.
After months and months of waiting Selma will finally open to UK audiences on Friday. Though ignored by the BAFTAs (although BAFTA chief exec denies any snub, instead stating that ‘the film wasn’t delivered until the end of November and there were only three screenings before the voting started.’) the film has already received positive reviews by UK critics and audiences lucky enough to snag a seat at one of these screenings.
And now, it’s been revealed that DuVernay and Oyelowo will reunite for a third time to make a love story and murder mystery set during the time of Hurricane Katrina, with DuVernay revealing ‘I’m thrilled to reunite with my Participant family on this project and fortunate to work again with the always exquisite David Oyelowo.’ She explained that ‘the story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I’m looking forward to the journey.’
Though this means we may not be seeing Oyelowo in anything British for a while, it does means that the man who has spent the last few years playing marginal roles next to Hollywood leading men, is now building up his reputation as a Hollywood leading man himself.
Most recently, in case I haven’t spoken about it enough, Oyelowo and DuVernay worked together in Selma but Oyelowo first worked with DuVernay in Middle of Nowhere, which was both written and directed by DuVernay.