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Loving: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga star in first photo

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It’s only when looking back at our recent past that we see how much progress this country has made in such a short time. The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is one such example.

The Lovings were arrested in June 1958 and exiled from Virgina for simply being an interracial married couple in a state that outlawed such relationships. The couple fought their conviction and took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in the couple’s favor. The decision made it impossible for other states to enforce such laws, though many stayed on the books, the last falling in 2000.

Now the story of the Lovings is coming to the big screen from writer-director Jeff Nichols, who’s quickly built a strong résumé with films like Take Shelter and Mud. Joel Edgerton, who worked with Nichols on his latest feature, Midnight Special, stars along side Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Richard and Mildred Loving. Also appearing in the film is Nichols’ long-time collaborator, Michael Shannon, who has starred in every one of the director’s movies. 

Production on Loving just kicked off in Virginia, with the first photo debuting online.