“What if it was illegal to marry the one you love?” asks a new, emotionally charged trailer for Jeff Nichols’ upcoming historical drama Loving, which follows the real-life struggles of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and black woman arrested in 1958 Virginia for living together as husband and wife at a time when segregation laws prevented interracial unions.
Loving‘s new spot premiered Monday online in conjunction with the latest televised debate between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and urges audiences to #VoteLoving.
“Richard and Mildred Loving’s story showed us that love is stronger than hate and has the power to spark real change,” a press release from distributor Focus Features reads, noting that the Lovings’ story, which resulted in the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling (per 1967’s Loving v. Virginia case) that bans on interracial marriage are unconstitutional, exemplifies why every voice matters. “During election season, we’re encouraging everyone to show that simply conveying love can change the world one state at a time.”
The film premiered in May at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it received positive reviews, particularly for the leading performances of Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. The film later screened as part of the Toronto International Film Festival in early September. Both Edgerton and Negga are expected to gain traction in the awards season race ahead.
In addition to Negga and Edgerton, the film’s supporting cast includes comedian Nick Kroll as the couple’s lawyer, Marton Csokas as a menacing local sheriff, and Michael Shannon in a small role as Grey Villet, the Life magazine photographer who snapped the widely publicized photographs of the Loving family inside their home in 1965.
Loving opens Nov. 4 in select theaters, with nationwide expansion planned for later that month. Watch the new teaser below, and visit VoteLoving.com to see a collection of inspiring stories about conveying love.