After two years away, George Tillman, Jr. will be returning to the director’s chair for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, the touching coming-of-age story of two inner-city kids faced with the difficult task of fending for themselves after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Written by Michael Starrbury, the movie stars Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, the ever-impressive Anthony Mackie (who’s one good script away from leading man status) and Jeffrey Wright, who has has etched out a long and fulfilling career marked by strong performances in a number of marquee films including Casino Royale, The Ides of March and Broken Flowers. Lost fans will be glad to discover that hulking thespian Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje — aka Mr. Eko — will also be playing a major role in the film. The Oz and Bourne Identity star lines up alongside Mackie and co. as Pike.
Along with Hudson and Sparks, larger-than-life bundle of awesomeness Alicia Keys, who is producing the the film, adds to the contingent of musical talent attached to the title.
Production for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete began this past Monday in Brooklyn. The movie is expected to be released next year.