Cuba Gooding, Jr. to Produce and Star in Freedom

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Erik Pedersen | Deadline Hollywood

ARC Entertainment has acquired the Cuba Gooding, Jr.-starring family drama Freedom. Based on a true story, the film juxtaposes the lives of two men living a century apart: an escaped slave named Samuel Woodward (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), fleeing with his family via the Underground Railroad in 1856; and John Newton, the slave ship captain who in the 1700s would renounce the slave trade and write the hymn “Amazing Grace”. Freedom is directed by Peter Cousens from a script by Timothy A. Chey. In addition to Cuba Gooding, Jr., it stars William Sadler, Sharon Leal, David Rasche, Terrence Mann, and Michael Goodwin. The film will be released on VOD, Digital, and in theaters on June 5, 2015. Gooding, Jr. also serves as Executive Producer.