Ernie Hudson, best known of course to horror fans for his recurring role as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbuster films, is attached to star in Anthony Hornus’ upcoming A State of Hate, which is a sequel to Hornus’ 2003 film An Ordinary Killer. Hudson will play Nate Wallace, the father of a young murder victim in a small Michigan town.
The screenplay for A State of Hate was penned by Hornus and New York Times bestselling authors Diane Carey and Greg Brodeur (Star Trek series). The production company is Lansing, Michigan-based Collective Development Inc. Both An Ordinary Killer and A State of Hate are “based on/inspired by true events”.
The movie will be filmed on location entirely in Michigan, and Hudson’s co-stars include DJ Perry (pictured below with Hudson), who reprises his role as Detective Lynn Kendall from the recently released Special Edition of An Ordinary Killer, as well as Renée O’Connor, best known as Gabrielle in “Xena: Warrior Princess”; Terence Knox (An Ordinary Killer, “Tour of Duty”); Tony Becker (Dean Teaster’s Ghost Town, “Tour of Duty”); Renee Geerlings (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II); Carlucci Weyant (Karma: Crime, Passion and Reincarnation); and actor-comedian-singer Johnny Dark, best known for his recurring comedic bits on “Late Night with David Letterman.”
A State of Hate takes place in a small farming community an hour north of Detroit between Memorial Day and America’s bi-centennial Fourth of July celebrations in 1976. During a period still simmering with racial divide and tensions over the Civil Rights movement and desegregation, the murder of a beautiful, vibrant young black woman from the only “colored” family in the county immediately focuses suspicion on a highly active klavern of the Ku Klux Klan, led by its avuncular leader, “Pastor Bill”. Michigan State Police Detective Lynn Kendall (Perry) is called in to assist the inexperienced local police chief Mark Yando (Weyant) with an investigation that will take them deep into the secretive world of the KKK.
A State of Hate is a twisting, turning, stone-cold whodunit with the intensity of Mississippi Burning or A Time to Kill and the underlying small-town moodiness of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” because of its eclectic, quirky, sometimes lethal cast of characters involved in a tale of racism, forbidden love, jealousy, mayhem, and murder.
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