'Grey's Anatomy' star Jesse Williams to direct film on Emmett Till's mother
"Greys Anatomy" star Jesse Williams will make his directorial debut with "Till", a film about Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, an African American teenager who was lynched in 1955 after being accused of flirting with a white woman.
His murder was viewed as the catalyst for the next phase of the civil rights movement, and Till-Mobley famously insisted on an open-casket ceremony so her son's mutilated body could be in full view and bring awareness to the cost of racially charged violence and the cruelty of lynching.
Williams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Reilly and civil rights filmmaker Keith A. Beauchamp.
Several movies and a mini-series are also in the works about Emmett Till.