The Cast of Ava DuVernay’s ‘Middle Of Nowhere’

Posted on June 29, 2011 /Uncategorized


Ava DuVernay, the black director of the critically acclaimed Independent film I Will Follow (Available on DVD August 23rd), has wasted no time moving forward on her follow-up project. DuVernay’s new film, Middle of Nowhere, is expected to be released in theaters next year. Principal photography has already started in Los Angeles, and the director has set up a facebook page to chronicle the filmmaking process.

The film has been brilliantly cast with some of the most talented black actors in the industry. Omari Hardwick, Edwina Findley, David Oyelowo, and Emayatzy Corinealdi have all snagged major roles in the film.

Middle of Nowhere is the story of a woman desperately balancing her relationship with her newly incarcerated husband and her own shifting identity. The film explores the complex world of “women in waiting” through the eyes of a character named “Ruby” (Corinealdi).


Omari Hardwick

Born Omari Latif Hardwick, he grew up in Decatur, Georgia. Hardwick’s first big break came in 2003, when he was cast in his first major role as a series regular in Spike Lee’s “Sucker Free City.” Two years later, he landed the feature The Guardian and TNT’s “Saved”- both of which he booked within a three-week span in 2005. Hardwick’s credits include ‘Next Day Air,’ ‘Kicki-Ass,’ Spike Lee’s ‘Miracle at St. Anna,’ TNT Series ‘Dark Blue’ and Ava Duvernay’s ‘I Will Follow.’

Edwina Findley

A native of Washington, DC, Edwina began singing and dancing by age two, and after reciting an entire chapter of the Psalms by age three, her mother knew she was no ordinary child. Mrs. Findley became passionate about putting little Edwina in drama, piano, dance, choir, and any other activity she believed would nurture the special gifts and talents her daughter intrinsically possessed. Findley attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts. Her credits include HBO’s ‘The Wire,’ ABC’s ‘Brothers and Sisters,’ and HBO’s ‘Treme.’

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo was born in Oxford in 1976. His family originates from Nigeria. David studied Theatre Studies for A level and his teacher suggested he should become an actor. After A levels David enrolled for a year on an Art foundation course before Nicholas Hytner offered him a scholarship to train at LAMDA. Having been offered television work David left LAMDA before completing the course. In December 2000 David became the first black actor to play an English monarch for the RSC taking the title role in Henry VI. His performance won him the ‘Ian Charleson’ Award 2001 for best newcomer in a classical play. David has become known to television audiences as Danny Hunter in the TV series “MI-5” (2002) and the critically acclaimed dramas Tomorrow La Scala! (2002), Shoot the Messenger (2006) and the Golden Globe nominated “Five Days” (2007), for which he won a 2007 Satellite Best Actor Award. He also starred in the Oscar nominated The Last King of Scotland (2006). He is married to the actress Jessica Oyelowo and they have three sons.

Emayatzy Corinealdi

Emayatzy Corinealdi is a New York trained actress, studying at the esteemed William Esper Studio and the Actor’s Training Studio, before moving to LA and resuming her studies at Playhouse West. Her father, Edward Corinealdi, is from Panama and her mother, Rosemarie Corinealdi-Hilton, is from Ohio. Her father was in the army. She has lived in Germany, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and now California. Her acting credits include ‘The Young And The Restless,’ ‘The Nanny Express,’ and ‘Romantically Challenged.’