Octavia Spencer has been added to the cast of “Black and White,” a project that mixes racial tension with a bitter custody battle and reteams star Kevin Costner with his “Upside Of Anger” director Mike Binder.

The drama focuses on attorney Elliot Anderson (Costner) who is widowed after the car crash death of his wife.

Elliot has raised his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot’s world is turned upside-down when the child’s African American grandmother Rowena (Spencer) demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for the negligence that led to the death of his own daughter.

Elliot finds himself deeply entrenched in a custody battle and will stop at nothing to keep his granddaughter from coming under the watch of his reckless son-in-law.

Ultimately, the studio notes in a press release, “‘Black and White’ is a searing portrayal of a broken man caught up in a struggle clouded by bitterness, blame and racial tension who learns to forgive and how to provide for the only family he has left.”

The film is based on Binder’s own script, and is a co-production of Costner’s Treehouse Productions and Binder’s Sunlight Productions, along with Todd Lewis.

Principal photography begins this summer in New Orleans.

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