Tessa Thompson is having a pretty good career thus far. The Creed actress has always been on our radar, and has turned in some really great performances within the past couple of years. LaKeith Stanfield and Steven Yeun continue to rack up high-profile roles as well. Stanfield popped up in Get Out, and is currently starring as Darius on FX’s Atlanta. Yeun, coming off the Walking Dead, will be seen in Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix film Okja. And all three of them will be starring together in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You. Per Deadline:
Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun will star in first-time director Boots Riley’s drama Sorry to Bother You. The project is slated to go before the cameras this month in Oakland, CA where the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station was filmed. Not surprisingly, Fruitvale Station‘s Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker of Signficant Prods. are producing along with 6 Years‘ Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams, Charles D. King (Fences), George Rush (Bully).
Significant Productions (Dope), MNM Creative, MACRO and Cinereach are financing the film about “a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues” who “discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices. When he uncovers the macabre secret of his corporate overlords, he must decide whether to stand up or sell out.”
The executive producers of Sorry to Bother You are Kim Roth (Inside Man), Poppy Hanks (Fences), Michael Y. Chow (Fruitvale Station, Dope), Michael K. Shen (Dope) and Gus Deardoff (Dara Ju).
I was already in because of the involvement of Boots Riley, but the movie description sealed the deal. I’m looking forward to this.