Dorian Missick, Amanda Warren, Pamela Reed, and Jim Klock round out the cast of Prime Video’s The Burial led by Tommy Lee Jones and Jamie Foxx.
The film is based on a true story, about a bankrupt funeral homeowner who decides to sue a rival businessman over a handshake deal gone wrong and then owner hires a flamboyant attorney to handle the case. Harrison Ford was originally cast opposite Foxx, but he had to drop out of the project so Jones is stepping in.
Mamoudou Athie, Jurnee Smollett, and Bill Camp also star in the project. However, all cast details have yet to be revealed.
Maggie Betts is directing from the script written by Doug Wright which is based on a 1992 article of the same name, written by Jonathan Harr for the New Yorker. The article is about “contractual dispute case brought against funeral home executive Ray Loewen by Mississippi businessman Jeremiah O’Keefe, who hired the flamboyant attorney Willie Gary. The jury awarded O’Keefe a total of $500 million, an amount which would bankrupt Loewen’s company.”
Foxx is co-producing The Burial with Amazon Studios, Bobby Shriver Inc. and Double Nickel Entertainment. Datari Turner, Bobby Shriver and Double Nickel’s Adam Richman, Jenette Kahn are also producing.
Production for The Burial have begun.