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Esther Zuckerman
January 26, 2015 AT 06:33 PM EST

Selma director Ava DuVernay will write, produce, and direct a film about Hurricane Katrina, Participant Media announced today. David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in her Best Picture nominee, is in talks to produce and star.

According to the announcement, the film will be a “sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina.”

“I’m thrilled to reunite with my Participant family on this project and fortunate to work again with the always exquisite David Oyelowo,” DuVernay explained in a statement. “The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I’m looking forward to the journey.”

Oyelowo also starred in DuVernay’s feature Middle of Nowhere.

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