Jalyn Hall, one of the breakout hit All American on The CW, has landed the key role of Emmett Till in the upcoming film, Till, from Clemency director Chinonye Chukwu. He joins Danielle Deadwyler and Whoopi Goldberg in the project.
The film, set at MGM’s Orion Pictures will focus on Mamie Till-Mobley’s decision to have her son’s funeral feature an open casket to show how her son was brutalized before his death. The images from the funeral covered national newspapers, raising the awareness and urgency of the civil rights movement.
When Shadow and Act announced Chukwu’s involvement with the film, the director talked about her excitement to bring Till-Mobley’s story to the big screen.
“The film is based on the extensive research of award-winning documentarian Keith Beauchamp and his relationship with Mamie Till Mobley and Emmett Till’s cousin, Simeon Wright who was an eyewitness to the kidnapping of Till and who served as a consultant to the project before his death in 2017,” she said in a statement. “For more than 27 years, Beauchamp has investigated the kidnapping, torture and murder of Emmett Till for whistling at a white woman. His efforts succeeded in getting the United States Department of Justice to reopen the case in 2004.”
Goldberg will also produce with Keith Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli. Thomas K. Levine, Frederick Zollo, and Michael JP Reilly.
This project isn’t the only one about Emmett Till in production. ABC anthology project, Women of the Movement will also feature Till’s story and his mother’s fight for justice, with Broadway star Adrienne Warren playing Mamie Space Jam: A New Legacy star Cedric Joe playing Emmett. Ray Fisher, Tonya Pinkins, Glynn Turman, Chris Coy, Carter Jenkins and Julia McDermott will also star.
Deadline broke the news of Hall’s casting.