Recent Oscar nominee LaKeith Stanfield is heading into the world of animation – and the result is unlike any anime project I’ve ever seen.
The Judas and the Black Messiah and Atlanta actor lends his voice to the lead character in Yasuke, a new Netflix anime series that he’s executive producing alongside Grammy-winning artist Flying Lotus (The Boondocks) and director/writer/executive producer Lesean Thomas, who previously worked on shows like The Boondocks and Black Dynamite. Check out the full trailer below, which showcases his Black samurai character and lays out the imaginative and unconventional world in which this show takes place.
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In 16th century Japan, an African slave became the first-ever Black man to step into the country, piquing the interest of Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga. He eventually gained the trust, friendship, and respect of Nobunaga, and would ascend to the title of samurai, becoming known as the legendary Black samurai, Yasuke. But while Yasuke existed in our world, the demons he’s fighting in the new Netflix anime series Yasuke, probably weren’t. Inspired by the legend of the Black samurai, Yasuke stars LaKeith Stanfield as the titular character, who is brought back into battle to raise an army against an unspeakable evil. Watch the Yasuke trailer below.
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“A badge is scarier than a gun.” So says William O’Neal, a Black man who sits in an interrogation room, bloodied and bruised. It’s the 1960s, and O’Neal has just been caught trying to boost a car while impersonating an FBI agent – and the crime could spell the end of his life as he knows it. His words ring true – he knows he doesn’t need to pull a weapon to frighten African Americans into submission; the threat of a lawman with unchecked power is far more terrifying. O’Neal’s attempt at car robbery sets him on a path towards destruction. He stays out of prison – but his freedom is gone.
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Time for another great trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah, the film that tells the story of how the FBI targeted Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. Directed by Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah is expected to be an awards season contender, and the movie just got added to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival line-up to boot. The story focuses on how FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrated the Black Panthers to get close to Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya).
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Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Netflix was in production on The Harder They Fall, a new western revenge thriller starring Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors. But with Hollywood slowly figuring out how to safety get back to work, the movie is looking to get back in front of cameras soon, and they have an outstanding roster of new cast members that have just been announced.
Regina King (Watchmen), Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You), Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods), and Zazie Beetz (Joker) are all joining the cast of the film, and they’re not the only ones. Read More »
Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther Party, and how he was betrayed by William O’Neal, a petty criminal forced by the FBI to infiltrate the Panthers and sow discord within Hampton’s movement. Daniel Kaluuya plays Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield is O’Neal, with Shaka King directing in his feature directorial debut and Ryan Coogler producing. And man oh man, is this one of the best trailers you’re going to watch this year.
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Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield lead The Photograph, a romantic film that looks like it’s designed to make you swoon. Rae plays the daughter of a famed photographer, and Stanfield is a reporter with some questions for her. In the process, the two strike up a relationship. Watch the latest The Photograph trailer below, ahead of the film’s Valentine’s Day release.
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In the roughly six or seven years since he made his remarkable feature film debut in Short Term 12 as the troubled teen Marcus, Lakeith Stanfield has been one of the hardest-working actors in show business, collaborating with a remarkable string of both well-known filmmakers and relative newcomers in both high-profile films and smaller, indie gems. Often he pops in for a choice supporting part and takes the movie away from the leads just enough to become unforgettable (just watch him in Jordan Peele’s Get Out as an example).
Since Short Term 12, Stanfield has shown up in The Purge: Anarchy, Selma, Dope, Straight Outta Compton, Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead, Oliver Stone’s Snowden, and one of the finest films of 2018, Sorry to Bother You, as well as one finest in 2019, writer/director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. But many know Stanfield best from his role as the hilarious stoner-savant Darius in creator Donald Glover’s FX series Atlanta, which will begin shooting its third and fourth seasons back to back in the spring of 2020. He also has a new film coming out on Valentine’s Day 2020, the romantic-drama The Photograph, co-starring Issa Rae and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
/Film spoke with Stanfield recently to discuss his other entry in the Best Films of 2019 category, Uncut Gems, from directors Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, in which Stanfield plays a jewelry hustler named Demany, who works closely with jeweler Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) by bringing in cash-flush celebrities (like Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett) into Ratner’s store to spend spend spend. As the film moves forward on its relentless course to self-destruction, Demany reveals layers to his personality and abilities that few actors beside Stanfield could handle as honestly and believably. Stanfield is a master of finding the right tone for his characters (which we talk about in our interview0, as can be witnessed by comparing the role he plays in Uncut Gems with the wildly different, more laid-back Lieutenant Elliott in Knives Out. Uncut Gems is currently in theaters nationwide.
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Knives Out is one of the year’s most entertaining movies, and it has one of the year’s best casts to boot. Rian Johnson‘s whodunnit has Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer all turning in memorable performances as an eclectic cast of characters, many of whom are suspects in a possible murder. To better help acquaint you with this line-up, new videos introducing you to the Knives Out characters have arrived. Watch them below. Read More »
You may still be tidying up after last night’s Halloween celebration, but Universal already wants you to lock down your plans for Valentine’s Day. That’s when the studio is releasing The Photograph, a new romantic comedy/drama starring Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure) and LaKeith Stanfield (FX’s Atlanta). Check out the film’s first trailer below. Read More »