EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Costner has been set to re-team with Upside Of Anger helmer Mike Binder in Black And White, an indie that Costner will star in and produce through his Treehouse Productions banner. The film will be done in co-production with Binder’s Sunlight Productions, and Todd Lewis. Shooting begins in New Orleans this summer. In the Binder-scripted drama, Costner plays a grandfather, widowed after the car crash death of his wife, who has raised his own bi-racial granddaughter since his daughter died in childbirth. The child’s paternal grandmother surfaces to wage a custody battle over the little girl, and the thrust becomes about race and where she should grow up.
This continues the recent career resurgence for Costner, who won an Emmy for starring in the History Channel mini Hatfields & McCoys; Costner produced that mini, which won five Emmys out of 16 nominations. He’ll next be seen in Warner Bros’ Superman: Man Of Steel, playing the superhero’s human father Jonathan Kent, and opposite Chris Pine in Jack Ryan, the Paramount Pictures reboot of the Tom Clancy franchise. He recently wrapped the McG-directed Three Days To Kill and next stars as the Cleveland Browns GM trying to trade up for top pick in the Ivan Reitman-directed Draft Day. Costner, who’s also producing and voicing a role in the animated series The Explorers Guild, is repped by One Talent’s JJ Harris and WME. Binder, who last helmed Reign Over Me, is repped by Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Doug Wald, and Verve.