A few months ago we brought you the first clip for writer-director Jeff Nichols’ upcoming drama Loving starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga [check it out here]. Now after months of teasing film fans with an image [here] and a poster [here], Focus Features has officially released a trailer for the film, which also stars Michael Shannon (a popular collaborator of Nichols), Marton Csokas, Bill Camp, Nick Kroll, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, and Jon Bass. Watch it below…
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958.
The couple had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the more urban environment did not feel like home to them. Ultimately, the pull of their roots in Virginia would spur Mildred to try to find a way back.
Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Richard and Mildred returned home and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.
Loving is set to be released in the USA on November 4th, and in the UK on February 3rd.