Hedlund, Whitaker, Wilkinson Join “Burden”

Garrett Hedlund has scored the title role and will be joined by Forest Whitaker, Tom Wilkinson and Usher Raymond in Andrew Heckler’s long-gestating drama “Burden” at The Firm.

Inspired by true events, Hedlund plays Mike Burden, an orphan raised within the Ku Klux Klan who attempts to break away when the girl he falls in love with urges him to leave for a better life together.

As the Klan seeks Mike out for vengeance, a black congregation led by the benevolent Reverend Kennedy takes Mike, his girlfriend and her son in, protects them and accepts them into their community.

Robbie Brenner will produce. Shooting is slated to kick off in two weeks.

Source: Deadline