Elise & Parker Turn Debaters

Kimberly Elise and Nate Parker have joined the Weinstein Company’s “The Great Debaters” reports Variety.

Elise (TV’s “Close to Home”) plays the wife of Forest Whitaker in the pic, about an East Texas debate team that challenges Harvard in the 1930s, and Parker plays their son, the star debater on the team.

Robert Elise wrote the screenplay based on a true story and Oprah Winfrey is serving as producer.

Currently shooting in Louisiana, Denzel Washington directs the period tale and plays the coach.