Mike C. Manning Joins ‘Son of the South’; Makenzie Vega, Nicky Whelan Set For ‘Instafame’; Amelia Crouch In ‘Eight For Silver’
Mike C. Manning (Disney’s Cloud 9, MTV’s Teen Wolf) is among the cast of Barry Alexander Brown’s Son of the South, joining Lucas Till, Lucy Hale, Lex Scott Davis, Julia Ormond, Cedric the Entertainer, Jake Abel, Matthew William Knowles, Dexter Darden, and Shamier Anderson. The pic, based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography The Wrong Side of Murder Creek, is about the true-life story of Zellner (Till), an Alabama native and grandson of a Birmingham Klansman who is pulled into the center of the civil rights movement. The spring and summer of 1961 challenged the 22-year old to rethink his beliefs as he witnessed the heroism of John Lewis during the Montgomery Freedom Riders riot in May of that year. Manning will play Townsend Ellis, best friend of Zellner who struggles to support his friend during his growing involvement with the civil rights movement. Producers are Colin Bates, Stan Erdreich, Eve Pomerance, Bill Black, and David Kang. Spike Lee and Brown are executive producers. Manning is repped by Mavrick Artists Agency.