Actor Dermot Mulroney’s historical drama Kent State has been acquired by Briarcliff Entertainment, Deadline reported. Based on the tragedy of the Kent State University massacre, filming for the film will begin in November in Columbus, Georgia.
The film inspired by real events aims to tell the story of a family’s buried past coinciding with the brutal truth of one of the most important events in American history. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University student protesters who were gathering peacefully to oppose the growing involvement of the Vietnam War in the Cambodia by US military forces as well as to protest against the presence of the National Guard. on their campus. Twenty-eight National Guard soldiers fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, resulting in the deaths of four students and the wounding of seven. The shooting sparked massive outrage on campuses across the United States and more than 4 million students took part in walkouts at multiple universities in what became the largest student strike in US history. at the time.
Told through Will McCormackFrom the perspective of two periods of his life, the film aims to ask “the question not only of what happened then, but why these kinds of events continue to occur”. Speaking of the Briarcliff’s project Tom Ortenberg said the story of the massacre is one that “needs to be told and, surprisingly, never has been”. Further, adding, “The Kent State shooting was a dark and pivotal moment in the history of our country. We can’t wait to bring it to the big screen to educate and inspire young and old. »
In the same way Mulroney the film will also star Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Aksel Hennie (The trip), Christophe Backus (Snape Hostage, Jett), and Jacqueline Emerson (The hunger Games) in the same way Christopher Ammanueland Andre Ortenberg. With the impressive lineup and powerful performers, audiences can expect the film to be a sensitive yet strong portrayal of the unfortunate tragedy.
Kent State is written and directed by Karen Slatewho previously wrote and directed the short film failure. The function is produced by quincy morris (Luke Cage, Wake-up call) and Kristen Moser (Closing, Down for life) while executive producers include Jeffrey Born and its Duality Capital LLC, Kevin Beer beer money in the world, Stanley Prechutti, Tom Ortenberg and Jessica Rose.
Although no release date has yet been set, the film is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2023. In the meantime, you can read more about the tragic event below: