Cedric The Entertainer will be getting serious with Spike Lee as the men are set to tell a true story from the civil rights movement. The story which is based on actual events will feature Cedric as the southern reverend, Rev. Ralph Abernathy. According to reports, the film currently titled ‘Son Of The South’ will highlight a grandson of a KKK member who gets caught up in the civil rights movement.
The film is directed and written by Lee’s longtime editor, Barry Alexander Brown. The two have collaborated a multitude of times, with the first time being 1986’s She’s Gotta Have It. According to Variety, who broke this story, the film has already begun shooting in Montgomery, Alabama. The film, based on the autobiography of Bob Zellner, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement, is about Zellner, the grandson of a KKK member who gets involved with the civil rights movement in the early 1960s. It sounds like something that is in Lee’s recent wheelhouse, bearing thematic similarities to BlacKkKlansman. Till will star as Zellner, and Hale will be his girlfriend. Davis’ role is unknown. Cedric the Entertainer will be Rev. Ralph Abernathy and Lanier will be Rosa Parks. Julia Ormond will portray Virginia Durr, Dennehy will be Zellner’s grandfather and Chaka Forman will play his father, civil rights activist Jim Forman.