Based on the book “Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero” written by Ashley Smith with Stacey Mattingly, Captive tells the story of how Smith, a single mother and recovering drug addict, was taken hostage in her own apartment by alleged rapist Brian Nichols, played in the film by Mara and Oyelowo, respectively. The novel was adapted for the screen by Brian Bird (“Touched by an Angel”).
“I was drawn to this story because it beautifully illustrates how a broken spirit can be healed by an unexpected source of hope,” said Oyelowo in a statement earlier this year. “I feel blessed to be continuing my very fruitful relationship with Paramount.”
Also starring in the film are Michael K Williams, Mimi Rogers, Jessica Oyelowo and Leonor Varela, and it’s produced by Terry Botwick, Jerry Jameson, David Oyelowo and Ken Wales in addition to BN Films’ Alex Garcia, Lucas Akoskin and Katrina Wolfe. Executive producers are Santiago Garcia Galvan, BN’s Jonathan Gray, Elliott Lester, Ralph Winter and Bird. BN fully financed the picture.