Watch Now: Loving Trailer Shows Fight For Interracial Marriage

The upcoming film tells the real-life story about Richard and Mildred Loving's battle to be legally married in the 1960s

By Marc Malkin Jul 12, 2016 4:39 PMTags

The Loving trailer couldn't have come at a more timely moment.

The upcoming film from director Jeff Nichols tells the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), an interracial couple whose fight for the right to marry became the landmark 1960s Supreme Court case known as Loving v. Virginia.

Richard, a white man, and his black wife Mildred, were arrested in 1959 and were eventually sentenced to a year in prison for their interracial marriage. At the time, it was illegal for an interracial couple to marry out of state and return to live in Virginia.

The Supreme Court ruled in the Lovings' favor in 1967 with the decision also ending all race-based marriage restrictions in the U.S.

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Nick Kroll co-stars in the drama as the Lovings' attorney Bernie Cohen.

"Is there anything you'd me like to say to the Supreme Court justices of the United States," Cohen is seen asking Richard in the trailer.

"Yeah," Richard says. "Tell the judge I love my wife."

The Loving case was used in the more recent fight for same-sex marriage. Not long before she passed away in 2008, Mildred Loving released a statement in support of gay marriage.

Loving immediately picked up awards season buzz when it premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film will be released in selected theaters on Nov. 4 followed by a wider rollout later in the month.

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