David Oyelowo may not be a hot commodity, but he is making waves in Hollywood.
In recent years, the English actor has starred in multiple major big budget films such as “Rise of the Planet of the Apes“, “Middle of Nowhere”, and “Lincoln”. He garnered generally positive reviews for his portrayal of Louis Gaines in 2012’s “The Butler” and received a Golden Globe nomination for portraying Martin Luther King, Jr. in the biographical drama film “Selma“.
The Golden Globe nominee also starred in “Nightingale”, an upcoming single-character HBO original movie directed by Elliott Lester.
“Nightingale” is a provocative drama based on a screenplay submitted on The Blacklist.com by first-time writer Frederick Mensch. The screenplay caught the eye of executive producer Josh Weinstock, who then brought it to the attention of director Elliott Lester. Both of them took the material to Katrina Wolfe of BN Films, which came on board to produce and finance the film.
The movie probes the darkest corners of a disturbed mind, as a war veteran begins to unravel thread by thread. The searing story of solitude and isolation offers a poignant look at how life has failed one man. With a production design by Richard Lassalle and lensing by Pieter Vermeer, Lester used vivid and imaginative imagery to explore the character’s traumatised psyche.
“Nightingale” is an HBO Films presentation in association with Plan B Entertainment, as well as a BN Films production in association with Sea Smoke Entertainment and Yoruba Saxon Productions.
In a press statement, Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming said:
We are proud to be partnered with Plan B on this bold and powerful film. This extraordinary solo performance by the incomparably talented David Oyelowo clearly demonstrates why he is one of the most gifted actors today.
Oyelowo also serves as executive producer of the film alongside Josh Weinstock, Katrina Wolfe, and Elliott Lester, as well as Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner. Co-executive producers are BN’s Lucas Akoskin, and Jonathan Gray, in addition to Alex Garcia of BN/AG Studios.
Pitt said in a statement:
We are thrilled and honoured to help bring “Nightingale” to an audience. Sincere props to our friends at HBO for giving this extraordinary and courageous film its day.
Watch the trailer below:
“Nightingale” will debut same time as the US this Saturday (30th May) at 9am on HBO/HBO HD (Astro Ch 411/431), with a same day primetime encore at 11pm. It is also scheduled for release on Astro On The Go from 1st June onwards.