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American actor Matt William Knowles, who stars in the Chinese film “Asura,” has joined the cast of Barry Alexander Brown’s Civil Rights biopic “Son of the South,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek,” the film follows the grandson of a Klansman in the deep south as he comes to age and joins the Civil Rights Movement. Spike Lee is attached to ‘Son of the South’ as an executive producer.
Knowles will play activist Jim Zwerg, joining the previously announced cast that includes Lucas Till, Lucy Hale, Lex Scott Davis, Julia Ormond, Cedric the Entertainer, Chaka Forman, Sharone Lanier, Brian Dennehy, and Ludi Lin. “Son of the South” is shooting in Montgomery, Al., where many of the events surrounding the film took place.
Colin Bates of Lucidity Entertainment, Stan Erdreich of River Bend Pictures, Eve Pomerance, Bill Black, and David Kang are producing the project.