MIDNIGHT SPECIAL was written and directed by Jeff Nichols. He also wrote and directed LOVING. Shannon had a role in LOVING last year too.
What MIDNIGHT SPECIAL lacked in production budget for sci-fi special effects, it made up for in emotional depth and feeling. A tight and loving family unit, which had an unusual element of goodness in its circle, is on of the run from outside forces because of that unusual element of goodness. LOVING, based on a true story, is about the white man and black woman who fall in love, get married and were imprisoned in the 1950s because interracial marriage was against the law in several American states. Their love is a threat to some folks in society. They took their case to the Supreme Court In MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, Shannon plays the devoted father of a sweet little boy with a supernatural gift. They're on the run from government forces and a religious cult.
I talked to always interesting and most cool Michael Shannon about MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, being on the Oscars red carpet and about his boyhood.