First Look At Dee Rees’ Sundance Film Festival-Bound ‘Mudbound’ (Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell & Rob Morgan Star)

Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige and Rob Morgan appear in Mudbound by Dee Rees, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute |photo by Steve Dietl.

Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige and Rob Morgan appear in Mudbound by Dee Rees, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute |photo by Steve Dietl.

Set to make its World Premiere at the upcoming 2017 Sundance Film Festival next month is Dee Rees’ latest directorial effort, “Mudbound.”

A big-screen adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2009 novel of the same name, which is set in 1946 in the wake of World War II, the story follows the fates of two very different families that collide while struggling to make their dreams come true in the Mississippi Delta. When two celebrated soldiers return home, their unlikely friendship complicates the already fraught relationship between the families.




The official Sundance synopsis reads: Set in the post–World War II South, the story follows two families who are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. This epic pioneer story is about friendship, heritage and the unending struggle for and against the land.

The film stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jonathan Banks.

“Mudbound” is co-financed by Charles D. King’s MACRO and Zeal Media.

Zeal Media’s Cassian Elwes, Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros; MACRO’s Founder & CEO Charles D. King and President of Production Kim Roth are producers, along with Sally Jo Effenson and Carl Effenson.

MACRO’s Senior Vice President of Production Poppy Hanks, Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Daniel Steinman; Kyle Tekiela and Jennifer Roth are executive producers.

You can follow the film’s travels that begin at Sundance next month via @MudboundMovie on Twitter and MudboundMovie on Instagram.

Certainly an intriguing next project for Dee Rees, who’s last work was HBO’s Bessie Smith telepic starring Queen Latifah – itself also a period piece, set in the early half of the 20th century.

No trailer for “Mudbound” at this time, but Sundance has released a few stills; check them out above and below:



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6 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to see this movie. I know Charles and excited for what MACRO has in store.

  2. Go DEE REES. Incredible filmmaker who didn’t get her due for the perfect first-film PARIAH, which in my view made MOONLIGHT’s warm reception possible. She deserves all the acclaim that comes her way for what has been exceptional and under-praised work.

  3. Reads and looks like a movie bound for glory (acculades)! Inspired by the cast and looking forward to watching their energy merge on camera. I always enjoy movies, regardless of the story they tell, depict the Mississippi Delta – my home!

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