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‘The Best of Enemies’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell Tangle in True-Life Race Drama

October 12th, 2018 | by vBollywood Author
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The Best of Enemies is all set for an April 5, 2019, release.
STXfilms has released the first trailer for The Best of Enemies, which follows the real-life feud and subsequent friendship between civil rights activist Ann Atwater and former Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis in Durham, N.C.

The film takes inspiration from Osha Gray Davidson’s book, The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South. Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson plays Atwater, while Oscar winner Sam Rockwell portrays Ellis.

The duo, initially adversaries, connect with each other in a friendship when asked to co-chair a committee overseeing the issue of segregation in schools in 1971. Ellis, who hails from a poor, working-class background, feels connected as his family shares similarities with Atwater’s.

The trailer begins with a news program that announces a fire has destroyed East End Elementary, the school Atwater’s son attends. Atwater makesa resolve to look for a solution, and when community organizer Bill Riddick (Babou Ceesay) appoints Atwater and Ellis to lead the discussion of integration, Ellis is not very keen initially.

“Would you look at that crazy white man,” Henson’s character remarks to Riddick as they watch an uncomfortable Ellis pacing in a cafeteria.

Though Ellis’ stance softens, his K.K.K. cohorts are seen shooting houses and attacking schools in the black community. In one scene, Atwater stares, horrified, at a Klan hood and cloak displayed in a school hallway while Ellis looks on.

“She looked at me like I’m some kind of monster,” Ellis says to his wife, standing in his kitchen.

“Well what did you expect?” she replies.

Robin Bissell, a producer for The Hunger Games, makes his directing debut in The Best of Enemies. Producers for the film include Tobey Maguire and Danny Strong, who co-created and serves as co-showrunner on Henson’s show, Empire, with Lee Daniels. Wes Bentley, Anne Heche and Bruce McGill are a part of the team.

The film is all set to release in theatres on April 5, 2019.

Photo courtesy: www.variety.com

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