If there’s an actor that’s on the edge of breaking out, it’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who just appeared in 20th Century Fox’s hit movie musical The Greatest Showman and will also appear in Warner Bros’ Aquaman, playing the super-hero’s arch-villain Black Manta.
Abdul-Mateen II has just been cast in James Mangold’s untitled Patty Hearst project for Fox 2000, playing Cinque Mtume (real name: Donald DeFreeze), the leader and founder of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s bestseller American Heiress, the movie stars Elle Fanning as Patty Hearst, the heiress who was kidnapped by the SLA in 1974 and brainwashed to rob banks as a spokesman for the radical group. Hearst served 22 months in prison after being caught.
This will be Mangold’s first film since the blockbuster hit Logan and he wrote the script with Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, the writers of FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Colorforce, who produced the award-winning FX show are producing the Patty Hearst film with Mangold.
This project is really coming together nicely and considering that Mangold directed Reese Witherspoon to an Oscar in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and Logan’s Patrick Stewart has also been getting some awards attention, look for this movie to be a similar awards contender.
Repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content, Abdul-Mateen II previously appeared on the Netflix show The Get Down, in Paramount’s Baywatch with Dwayne Johnson, as well as the indie Sidney Hall, also with Fanning.
This news was first reported by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor