EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Costner is willing to bet the farm on those projects he believes, and similar to the uphill battles he faced in getting Dances With Wolves and Field of Dreams off the ground, the multihyphenate didn’t get any love from the studios when it came to greenlighting his racial drama Black and White. So, he financed the film. In Black and White, Costner plays Elliot Anderson, an LA-based attorney who loses both his daughter and wife in back-to-back tragedies. He becomes the guardian of his biracial granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), but loses his grief in alcohol. Eloise’s paternal grandmother Rowena (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer) surfaces and challenges Elliot to turn Eloise over to her drug addict father, Reggie (Andre Holland), who abandoned his daughter as a baby.  A custody battle ensues, and long-buried prejudices flare. The drama premieres this Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival. Jennifer Ehle and Anthony Mackie also star.  The film is directed and written by Mike Binder who Costner worked with on 2005’s The Upside of Anger.

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