Trailer: Djimon Hounsou & Greg Kinnear Form Unlikely Friendship in 'Same Kind of Different as Me'
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Trailer: Djimon Hounsou & Greg Kinnear Form Unlikely Friendship in 'Same Kind of Different as Me'

Way back in 2009, Samuel L. Jackson was attached to star in an adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller “Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, An International Art Dealer, And The Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together,” by Denver Moore, Ron Hall and Lynn Vincent, which tells the true story of 3 unlikely people who team up to try and solve homelessness in Fort Worth, Texas.

The longer, and more intriguing description reads: “A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it. It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana… and an East Texas honky-tonk…. and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda… an upscale New York gallery… a downtown dumpster… a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.”

Jackson was set to play Denver Moore, the “dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton,” who develops an unlikely friendship with a wealthy Dallas art dealer named Ron Hall, after they meet at a homeless shelter where Hall was volunteering.


In the above photo are the real life Denver Moore and Ron Hall.

Skip ahead 5 years to 2014, to news that Djimon Hounsou had replaced Samuel L. Jackson to play Denver Moore, while Ron Hall was to be played Greg Kinnear.

Renee Zellweger co-stars in the film adaptation of the book, playing (from the title) “the unlikely woman who bound them together” – Ron Hall’s wife, who introduced him to Denver Moore.

And also Jon Voight is a member of the cast.

The project, which has long been set up at Paramount – with Mary Parent and Darren Moorman producing – is finally heading to theaters, with an October 20, 2017 release date via the studio and PureFlix.

Michael Carney is directing from a script penned by Alexander Foard, Michael Carney, and Ron Hall.

To coincide with the film’s release, W Publishing Group (an imprint of Thomas Nelson) will publish a special movie edition of the novel on September 20, 2017, which will include a 16-page color photo insert, a new epilogue, and the story behind how the book was brought to the big screen. It’ll be published under the title “Same Kind of Different As Me – Movie Edition.”

If you read the book, share your thoughts.

“Same Kind of Different as Me” opens in US theaters on October 20, 2017.

Trailer below:

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