Laurence Fishburne And Clifton Collins Jr. Starring In New Prison Drama

Laurence Fishburne and Clifton Collins Jr. are to star in the upcoming prison drama, Frank & Louis. Best known for his role as Morpheus in the globally renowned Matrix franchise, Fishburne also boasts an impressive three Emmy Awards for his performances in TriBeCa, Miss Evers’ Boys and #FreeRaysawn. His other most notable credits include appearances in Steven Spielberg’s period drama The Color Purple, Clint Eastwood’s psychological mystery Mystic River, and his recurring role as The Bowery King in the John Wick franchise. Collins rose to acting prominence after starring alongside Robert Redford and Mark Ruffalo in 2001’s The Last Castle. Since then, the 51-year-old has featured in titles including Pacific Rim and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

THR confirms that both actors are set to star in the newly announced prison drama, Frank & Louis. The film focuses on the transformative relationship between two characters after a prisoner serving a life sentence (Collins) agrees to take care of the prison’s more infirm inmates. However, what begins as selfish work for parole turns into something far more meaningful after unexpectedly connecting with one prisoner suffering memory loss (Fishburne).

Written and directed by Petra Volpe, the new picture will be produced by Participant, in conjunction with Reto Schaerli and Lukas Hobi for Zodiac Pictures, and Tyler Perry and Tim Palen for Peachtree & Vine Productions. Frank & Louis serves as Fishburne’s second project under Participant, after starring in the 2011 thriller, Contagion. The company’s other titles include the award-winning features Bridge of Spies and A Monster Calls. While no further details have been announced regarding the film’s casting or story, with these two veteran actors in lead roles and an experienced production company behind the project, Frank & Louis is already shaping up to be a compelling new drama.

Stars Reflect 1883 On Elsa’s Heartbreaking Season 1

1883 stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill reflect on Elsa’s heartbreaking death in the show’s season 1 finale. Acting as a prequel to Taylor Sheridan’s hit show Yellowstone, 1883 chronicles the Dutton family’s trek west across the U.S. to what would eventually become their ranch in Paradise Valley. The show was a hit with both audiences and critics, with many praising its unflinching depiction of the American West and the strong performances from McGraw, Hill, Isabel May, and Sam Elliot.

McGraw and Hill, who are married in real life, star as James and Margaret Dutton, respectively, with May playing Elsa, their on-screen daughter. Elsa acts as the narrator for the show and it’s her moving journey of self-discovery that is very much at the core of 1883. It was heartbreaking for many viewers, then, when the series finale saw the character succumb to an arrow wound she had sustained one episode earlier. The heartbreaking moment comes at the very end of 1883’s finale with James holding his daughter beneath a tree in Paradise Valley as she quietly passes away. In a new interview on EW’s The Awardist podcast, McGraw and Hill reflect on filming Elsa’s heartbreaking death, explaining that having three daughters made the moment particularly difficult to film. McGraw reveals that he and May were both “a blubbering mess” while shooting Elsa’s death and he says that May asked about his daughters at one point just before a take, which McGraw says, “tore [him] apart.”

McGraw’s experience shooting Elsa’s death was undoubtedly emotional, Hill’s comment highlights how it might have been even more painful for her character. After it becomes clear that Elsa will not survive her wound, it is decided that James and Elsa will leave Margaret and the wagon convoy in order to make it to Paradise Valley before Elsa’s death. As Hill explains, Margaret has to say goodbye knowing that she won’t be with her daughter when she dies, a moment that is made even more emotional when Elsa says, “See you in the valley.” With the announcement that 1883 season 2 will focus on legendary lawman Bass Reeves, it’s unclear if McGraw and Hill will be returning to reprise their roles. With Elsa acting as the lens through which the audience experienced 1883’s story, it remains to be seen how the show will push forward without her. While there are still a lot of question marks regarding 1883 season 2, Elsa’s death in the season 1 finale seems to have been just as emotional for the stars shooting it as it was for audiences to witness.