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David Oyelowo Actor to star in historic civil rights drama about an African-American doctor

David Oyelowo will star in "Arc of Justice," a movie based on a true story about an African-American doctor who was tried for murder in Detroit in 1925.

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David Oyelowo is one of the stars of the 2014 movie, "Selma". play

David Oyelowo is one of the stars of the 2014 movie, "Selma".

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David Oyelowo has landed a role in "Arc of Justice," a movie based on the high-ranking Ossian Sweet civil rights cases.

The historic movie is based on the 2004 book by Kevin Boyle, “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age.”

The book follows the true story of the grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet, who moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925.

play Dr. Ossian Sweet,


When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself - resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet.

This kicked off one of the most important cases in Civil Rights history.

Oyelowo who will play Ossian Sweet had received critical acclaim for playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay's award winning movie, "Selma."

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Russell Crowe

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According to reports, Russell Crowe is in the talks to co-star with David Oyelowo in the upcoming film.

Jose Padilha who helmed "Narcos" will direct "Arc of Justice," written by Max Borestein and Rodney Barnes.

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