Boots Riley's debut film Sorry To Bother You has released its official trailer ahead of the South by Southwest Film Festival that opened on March 9.
The film, released by Annapurna Pictures, stars Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius Green, who is based in Oakland and has little to no drive to succeed in life. He often sleepwalks until one day, he discovers a gift that enables him to mimic a white man's accent.
Fresh from Sundance, Annapurna picked up Sorry to Bother You for a seven-figure deal and mainly due to its compelling plot that addresses racial differences. The film follows Jordan Peele's view of ethnic relations in the film Get Out with a twist of comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy.
Other stars featured in the film are Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Tessa Thompson (Thor) as well as Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Terry Crews, Omari Hardwick (Power), Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover. Riley wrote and directed the film
Sorry to Bother You opens in theaters on July 6.
Call Me By Your Name The Sequel
In other news, Hammer is tapped by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino for a sequel to Call Me By Your Name. The script is yet to be completed, but the fact that Guadagnino is doing it again makes the whole cast pumped up.
"I mean, it's not a finished script, but he's got all the ideas for it. Luca's all gung-ho about it, and by the way, if Luca's doing it, I think we're all gung-ho about it," Hammer said.
Call Me By Your Name, released in January 2018 in the United States, is a love story between a 17-year-old teenager and an older man who worked as a research assistant to the teen's father. It stars Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, and screenplay by James Ivory.
Casting calls for the sequel of the movie have not yet concluded, but Hammer said he is up to do minor roles if needed.
"You know, the experience of making the first one was so pure and beautiful that it wouldn't matter how big my role was. If the same people are involved, I'd do it all over again," the actor said.
Call Me By Your Name is a recipient of multiple accolades including the Academy Award and BAFTA Awards for best screenplay by adaptation, the sixth best film in the African-American Film Critics Association, and Best Actor award for Chalamet by the Austin Film Critics Association and the Boston Online Film Critics Association.