That’s right, Academy voters: Spike Lee has read you like a book, specifically an autobiographical book from which an inspiring historical drama can be made. According to Variety, X-Men: First Class star Lucas Till and Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale will co-star in Son of the South, executive produced by Lee and directed by his longtime editor Barry Alexander Brown. Brown, who has edited for Lee since his 1988 film School Daze, also wrote the Son of the South screenplay.
The cast will be rounded out by Julia Ormond as fellow activist Virginia Durr; Cedric the Entertainer as civil-rights leader Ralph Abernathy, who among many other works collaborated with Martin Luther King Jr. to support the Montgomery bus boycott; Sharonne Lanier as Rosa Parks; and Training Day actress Lex Scott Davis. And if this year’s awards season was any indication, Spike Lee might very well be making his way to the Oscars stage once again real soon.