July 12, 2016


'Loving' Trailer: Biopic Depicts Couple That Got Interracial Marriage Legalized

Interracial marriage wasn't legal across the United States until 1967. The white husband and black wife who got the Supreme Court to make the final, embarrassingly late decision to recognize this foolishness—nine years after their own wedding—were named, fittingly enough, the Lovings. The story of Mildred, Richard and their three children got an HBO documentary for Valentine's Day 2012, and this November, they'll get a Hollywood biopic.

Watch the Loving trailer up top; it's written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special) and stars Ruth Negga (Preacher, Warcraft) and Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby), with support from Nick Kroll and Michael Shannon.

The Lovings traveled to Washington, D.C. in 1958 to legalize their union, which was not recognized in Virginia, where something as batshit-sounding as the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 was the law of the land. In '59 they were both sentenced to a year in prison, taking a deal to suspend their sentences by 25 years if they left Virginia. 

Loving played at Cannes in May and was rapturously received. At the time, Negga, who grew up in Ireland, called it “the most important film I’ve ever made and one of the most important films in history, I think.”

Watch a previously released Loving scene below: