Anthony Mackie, Uzo Aduba, Sarah Paulson, Martin Freeman, Nick Robinson, and Hillary Baack have been cast in the film Clybourne Park.
Bruce Norris is adapting his award-winning play about race and real estate in America which is a spinoff of Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun. Pam MacKinnon, who directed the play’s 2010 Off-Broadway premiere and its 2012 Broadway transfer, will direct Clybourne Park in her feature film debut.
The film follows the white neighborhood into which Hansberry’s Younger family is poised to move; and 50 years later in 2009, as community members gather to discuss gentrification and race relations in the transformed neighborhood. On stage, the seven-member cast all played multiple roles across the two eras depicted. Characters have not been revealed for the film casting.
Clybourne Park follows events in 1959 and then 50 years later in 2009. The subject of the play is Clybourne Park, a sleepy, “status quo” suburb of Chicago, which is sparked to life when a group of “well-meaning” neighbors convene a meeting to voice their concerns – dripping with politeness, apparent tolerance and searching innuendo. A blistering debate over property lines and community devolves into all-out war.
The feature is currently a hot package launching for the Cannes market.
Simon Friend and Kevin Loader both known for their stage-to-screen adaptations are producing the film.