Whoopi Goldberg has been living her best life on ‘The View’ in recent years, but she wasn’t always a talk show host. Some of you might not remember, but Goldberg is a legit actress. She’s won an Oscar! She was the first black actress to be nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
So if you get her to sign on to your film, it’s a pretty big deal. It’s being reported this week that the 65-year-old actress is set to star alongside Danielle Deadwyler in the upcoming film, Till, which is about Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight for justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett.
Deadwyler will portray Mamie Till-Mobley, while Goldberg is set to play Till’s grandmother, Alma Carthan. Goldberg will also serve as a producer on the project, for MGM’s Orion Pictures, alongside Keith Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli, Thomas K. Levine, Michael JP Reilly and Frederick Zollo.
The movie was directed/co-written by Chinonye Chukwu.
Goldberg talked to the media about how much this project means to her…
We have waited a very long time to bring this historically necessary important film to people. And as we watch the repression of American History when it comes to people of color it makes it even that more important. I couldn’t be with better people: Fred, Barbara, Chinonye, Keith, Michael and Danielle.
‘Till’ chronicles Mamie’s decision to have an open casket at Emmett’s funeral and to allow Jet magazine to publish photos from the funeral, so that people all around the country could see the true horrors of her son’s murder.
The decision from the grieving mother was a galvanizing moment that led to the creation of the civil rights movement.
No word on when this project is expected to film, but we’ll keep you posted.