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Oyelowo and Mara to take Captive

David Oyelowo and Kate Mara are in talks to star in true-life thriller Captive.

Spooks actor David is tipped to play "Atlanta courthouse killer" Brian Nichols, who was on trial for rape when he escaped from custody and carried out a killing spree in 2005, before going on the run, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kate would portray Ashley Smith, a single mother struggling with drug addiction, who is taken hostage by Nichols in her own home. Over the course of her ordeal, she reasoned with her captor, using Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life.

Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers will also appear in the film, which will be directed by Jerry Jameson and has been adapted from Ashley Smith's book An Unlikely Angel by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke.

David will also co-produce Captive through his Yoruba Saxon Productions company.

Nichols, who killed the judge assigned to his trial, a court reporter, sheriff's deputy and a FBI agent, was captured 26 hours after he escaped the Fulton County courthouse. He was found guilty of 54 crimes in 2008, and was given life imprisonment.

Captive is expected to begin production in coming weeks.

David, who was born in Oxford, was last seen in Jack Reacher opposite Tom Cruise, and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.

The 37-year-old will next star as Forest Whitaker's son in Lee Daniels' The Butler, and is shooting Interstellar with Christopher Nolan.

Kate, who plays ambitious reporter Zoe Barnes on political drama House Of Cards, has wrapped Wally Pfister's sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which also stars Johnny Depp.

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