|Starring Roles in The Express:
The Ernie Davis Story
Actor Rob Brown will star as Ernie Davis in the upcoming movie titled The
Express. Rob Brown was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New
York. A natural who never studied acting and who had no professional
acting experience, made his acting and motion picture debut in Finding
Brown shot into the spotlight after starring opposite Sean Connery in the
2000 film. He had no acting experience prior to taking this role, neither
professional nor amateur. In search of extra money to pay off a $300
cell-phone bill, Brown tried out as an extra after receiving a flyer in the mail.
Several callbacks later he won the lead role of Jamal Wallace.
|Davis' College Coach
Well known actor Dennis Quaid is featured as former Syracuse coaching
legend Ben Schwartzwalder. He was the head football coach at Syracuse
University who watched Davis come in and restore the Orangemen as a
Playing Marie Fleming will be Aunjanue Ellis. The 38-year-old Ellis, a
native of San Francisco, has appeared in more than 30 movies and TV
series. She was in eight episodes of "Justice," and her movie credits
include the 2004 film "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx, and 2006's
"Freedomland," starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Veteran actor Charles S. Dutton has been cast as Willie Davis, Fleming's
father. Dutton, 56, is a native of Baltimore who has 74 credits as an actor
in movies, TV and the theater, plus four as director and two as producer.
Dutton is an ex-convict who served 7 1/2 years in prison for fatally stabbing
a man in a street fight; he came to love the theater while behind bars.
He has twice been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as best actor --
in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" in 1985 and "The Piano Lesson" in 1990.
Dutton appears in two movies scheduled for release this year:
"Honeydripper," starring Danny Glover, and "The Third Nail," starring Trey
|Playing the role of Jim Brown
Darrin Dewitt Henson, a choreographer, dancer and actor, was cast as
Brown. He has acted in productions such as the Showtime series "Soul
Food," the ABC-TV movie "Double Platinum" and the film "Stomp the Yard."
Brown preceded Ernie Davis at Syracuse and was slated to play in the
same NFL backfield with Davis in Cleveland. Brown retired as the NFL's
all time leading rusher.
|Playing the role of Floyd Little
Chadwick Boseman plays Floyd Little. He has appeared in the TV series
"CSI: New York," "Third Watch" and "Law & Order," and he played the male
lead in the 2006 short drama "LadyLike." Little was another great running
back that came out of the Syracuse program.
|Playing his college roommate
Omar Miller (Eight Mile & Get Rich or Die Trying) fills this role for the movie
that takes place in the late 1950s. In the movie, Miller helps Ernie Davis
overcome racism that he faced.
Miller is quoted in an article on WETMTV.com about how the whole country
will soon know the Ernie Davis story.
"People in Syracuse and Elmira know he's a legend, but to the rest of the
county you kind of sleep on him," said Miller. "They'll wake up when the
movie comes out."