Loving, film about barrier-breaking interracial couple, to be made in central Virginia

Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in 1958 for violating a state law which, at the time, prohibited interracial marriage in the state of Virgina. (Photo courtesy: The Associated Press)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Loving, a motion picture based on the true story of an interracial Virginia couple whose story became a landmark civil rights case, will be made here in central Virginia.

Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in 1958 for violating a state law which, at the time, prohibited interracial marriage in the state of Virginia. They sued for the right to live together as man and wife, and their case made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court in 1967. The Loving case became a historic example of marriage equality in Virginia and across the country.

Mildred and Richard with his mother Lola, Peggy and Garnet on Mildred's front porch in Caroline County. (Photo from Grey Villet via NY Times)
Mildred and Richard with his mother Lola, Peggy and Garnet on Mildred’s front porch in Caroline County. (Photo from Grey Villet via NY Times)

The film is inspired by the HBO documentary, The Loving Story, directed and produced by Nancy Buirski.  Ruth Negga (World War Z, The Samaritan) and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) will star in the new film.

“Loving is a significant American story that should be told, and I am happy to announce it will be filmed in Virginia,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe about the film. “Attracting these projects to the Commonwealth helps build the new Virginia economy by generating new revenues, creating good-paying jobs for our citizens and continuing to highlight Virginia’s historical significance.”

Buirski emphasized that the Lovings were ordinary people. “Mildred and Richard Loving were not political activists,” she said. “They considered themselves to be an ordinary couple who loved each other and were willing to fight for the right to live together and raise their children in peace in their home state.”

Richard and Mildred watching the races at Sumerduck Dragway. (Photo from Grey Villet via NY Times)
Richard and Mildred watching the races at Sumerduck Dragway. (Photo from Grey Villet via NY Times)

The Loving film will make a significant contribution to Virginia’s film industry, which generates about $382.5 million in state and local tax revenue each year and provides about 2,000 full time jobs.

“This film will certainly bring jobs and revenue to the state, but more than that, it gives us an opportunity to work with exceptional filmmakers while highlighting these remarkable Virginians and their important story,” said Virginia Film Office Director Andy Edmunds.

Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.

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