The film is based on the true story of a mixed-race girl, Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay, (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) raised as an aristocratic lady in England at the end of the 18th century. Reid will be playing a high-class man she falls in love with. Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon and Matthew Goode will also star.
Damian Jones will produce for Bankside films.
Reid starred in the History Channel mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” and was in last year’s film “Anonymous”. He is repped by RGM Artist Group and The Rights House.