Back when I first told you about Tulia, Halle Berry had signed on to star and it appeared as if the actress was attempting to find a role that proved her Best Actress Oscar was not some random fluke. Well, what a better way to convince people than to bring on your Monster's Ball (the film for which she won that Oscar) co-star Billy Bob Thornton. The two will reunite on the big screen for the first time since Ball on Tulia; yet another racially-charged drama that will hopefully help people forget all about that silly Catwoman picture.
Based on Nate Blakeslee's book Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, pic revolves around an ACLU lawyer (Berry) who fights to expose police corruption after 46 black men are arrested and convicted following a sting operation where no drugs, money or illegal weapons were ever found. Carl Franklin (Out of Time) re-wrote Karen Croner's script and will direct. There's no word on who Thornton will play, but I imagine he will take on the part of corrupt racist cop -- a role that's similar to the racist prison guard he played in Monster's Ball. A co-production between Element Films and Lift Films, shooting is set to begin next month in and around New Orleans.