Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali team up for ‘Green Book’

The original Green Book was an African American travel guide to safe harbors & welcoming establishments across the United States, printed until the mid-1960s.

GBK_Tsr1Sheet_RGB_3SMAcademy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises”) and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) are teaming up for a new film.

The duo will star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Green Book.”

Directed by Peter Farrelly the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

Mortensen will play a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx who is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. The two must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.  Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

First published in 1936 by N.Y. postman Victor Green, the original Green Book was an African American travel guide to safe harbors & welcoming establishments across the United States, printed until the mid-1960s.

Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly.  The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth.  Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, The Founder) co-stars.

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