Emmett Till Movie Adds Frankie Faison, Sean Patrick Thomas to Star-Studded Cast

Frankie Faison and Sean Patrick Thomas have signed on for roles in MGM's upcoming Emmett Till movie. (Credit: Shutterstock)

The upcoming feature film about Emmett Till starring and produced by Whoopi Goldberg has rounded out its supporting cast. 

Joining Goldberg in the drama are Danielle Deadwyler (Watchmen), Frankie Faison (The Wire, Do the Right Thing), Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor), Tosin Cole (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Kevin Carroll (The Walking Dead), Sean Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance), John Douglas Thompson (“Julius Caesar” on Broadway), and Roger Guenveur Smith ( Do the Right Thing), The Wrap reported Monday. 

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After this latest casting news, Thomas posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Some jobs are more than just a job. Till is one of them. Grateful for the opportunity to help tell the story of Emmett and his lionhearted mother, Mamie.”

The film’s storyline will focus on civil rights icon Mamie Till-Mobley (played by Deadwyler) who mobilized a public fight to gain justice for her slain son. The 14-year-old died at the hands of an angry white mob in 1955, and will be portrayed by Jalyn Hall (All American).

Goldberg will portray Till’s grandmother, Alma Carthan, in the project from MGM’s Orion Pictures.

Alongside The View co-host, producers include Keith Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli, Thomas K. Levine, Michael JP Reilly and Frederick Zollo. 

Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency) is directing Till and wrote the script for the film. She was the first Black woman to win the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, which she earned for writing and directing Clemency.