Jack O'Connell And Laura Dern to Star in 'Trial By Fire'

Posted 2017/08/14 0 0

Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern have been set to star in Trial by Fire, a fact-based drama that Ed Zwick will direct.


According to Deadline, Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) and Laura Dern (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) have signed on to star in Trial By Fire, a fact-based drama from director Ed Zwick (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) and Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher, who wrote the script, adapted from the 2009 article in The New Yorker that won David Grann the Polk Award.

O'Connell will play Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated young father of three with a devotion to heavy metal, a violent side and a criminal record. He was convicted of triple homicide when a fire, tagged as arson, swept through the family home. But after spending 12 years on death row, he found an unlikely friend and champion in Elizabeth Gilbert (Dern), a Texan housewife who sets out to get him released as she believes he has been falsely convicted.

The fact-based drama is produced by Allyn Stewart & Kipp Nelson, and Alex Soros. The director became fascinated by the tale when he first red David Gann's article in The New Yorker. “From the moment I read David’s brilliant reporting eight years ago, I have been possessed by this deeply moving, true story of injustice,” Zwick told Deadline. “David Grann has been one of these caught-in-the-roller-of-his-typewriter guys, quietly doing great work, and now all these wonderful things are happening with his stories being made into movies, from Killers of the Flower Moon to the Robert Redford piece Old Man and the Gun. The story was all there, with these two compelling characters. It is a remarkable story about people. Not just capital punishment but justice, which is a very important word right now. It has to have that pull to keep you pushing it up the hill this many years.”

Production is set to start on October 2 in Atlanta.