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 »
With Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker arriving in December, there will be plenty of blockbuster action arriving just before Christmas. But let’s not forget that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has another movie arriving just before we all stuff out faces on Thanksgiving. And what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a family gathering turned tragic by a murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. Ladies and gentlemen we present to you a new Knives Out trailer, and don’t worry, they’re not giving any of the mystery away at all. Read More »
Your new Disney Princess and Prince may be Olivia Cooke and LaKeith Stanfield. The two actors are in talks to star in an untitled Disney+ fairy tale movie, which will be helmed by To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before director Susan Johnson and written by Cat Vasko. The Ralph Breaks the Internet Disney princess scene may just get a whole lot weirder.
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Netflix has been a key part in the return of the classic romantic comedy thanks to movies like Set It Up and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. And with the trailer for Someone Great starring Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, Miss Bala), they’re at it again, but this time it’s a story about breaking up and figuring out life after it all comes tumbling down. Watch the Someone Great trailer below. Read More »
Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, who played W’Kabi in Marvel Studios’ mega-hit superhero film Black Panther, may soon star in a different type of Black Panther movie for Ryan Coogler.
Kaluuya and his fellow Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield are in talks to star in Jesus Was My Homeboy, a drama that tells the true story of Fred Hampton, a Black Panther revolutionary and activist who was assassinated in 1969. Coogler is set to produce, and you can learn more about the new project below. Read More »
Producer Jordan Peele may be eyeing a familiar face for the upcoming Candyman reboot. The “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror classic is reportedly looking at Sorry to Bother You star Lakeith Stanfield to lead the new cast. Stanfield, who previously worked with Peele on his breakout directorial debut Get Out, is in talks to play the protagonist of the film, which will be helmed by Little Woods director Nia DaCosta.
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Oh, you thought Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out was done casting? Think again! The already stacked cast of Johnson’s mystery thriller just added yet another noteworthy name: Christopher Plummer. Like most of the roles in the film, next to nothing is known about who Plummer is playing. But the veteran actor joins a cast that includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Ana de Armas. More on the Knives Out cast below.
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Even though the end of the year brings plenty of awards season titles to the table, that doesn’t mean everything else goes into hiding. There are still plenty of movies coming over the next couple months bringing chills, thrills, excitement and laughs. The release of Sony’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a reboot of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise, might be a little light on the latter when it hits theaters in a couple weeks. But a new clip shows it will have plenty of suspense and action. Plus, who knows, maybe there’s a chance Claire Foy could land an Oscar nomination.
Watch The Girl in the Spider’s Web clip below. Read More »