“To complete and release a film within the same year is a difficult task. We welcomed the challenge because we knew now was the time for this film to be released,” King stated.
“Amazon fully supported our intention and I could not be more excited this prescient story will be seen across the globe.”
Starring Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge, the film adapts a play of the same name. King’s directorial debut will portray the night of February 25, 1964 after Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston to win the Heavyweight Title. Ali, then Cassius Clay, meets up with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown at the Hampton House Hotel. The group discusses a myriad of topics in what will be a phenomenal film.
“There was a part of me that it was like, if I was a man, I would want to play one of these roles, I would be doing whatever I can to play one of these roles,” King said.
“And just as a mother, as a niece, as a daughter of a Black man. I just felt like I wanted to tell a story or be a part of telling a story that every Black man that I know and love can see a bit of himself in.”
There is no word as to how recent closures of Cineworld and AMC theaters may impact the film’s release.