‘Superfly’ Trailer: Trevor Jackson Targets a Mexican Drug Cartel in Remake of ’70s Classic — Watch

Produced by Future and “The Matrix” alum Joel Silver, the July release is the first feature by music video visionary Director X.

Best known for the music videos he has made for Drake, Jay-Z, and Rihanna, Canada’s Director X — real name Julien Christian Lutz — will debut his first feature this summer, a remake of 1972 blaxploitation classic “Super Fly.” Sony Pictures released the first full-length trailer of his version, “Superfly,” on Friday. “Grown-ish” actor Trevor Jackson assumes the role originated by Ron O’Neal: Youngblood Priest, a cocaine dealer with a knack for martial arts.

Director X shifted the film’s backdrop from Harlem to Atlanta, where shooting commenced this January (in another modernized twist, the protagonist prefers to be paid in cryptocurrency). The trailer opens with Youngblood, a hustler since age 11, prosperous and taking advantage of the city’s glittering nightlife. A wise mentor named Scatter (Michael Kenneth Williams, “The Wire”), supportive best friend (Jason Mitchell, “Straight Outta Compton”), and alluring girlfriend (Lex Scott Davis, CBS’ “Training Day”) keep him grounded.

Yet those comforts are disrupted when Youngblood finds himself at the center of a shootout plotted by a menacing new crew, clad head-to-toe in white and sent by a Mexican drug lord. Rather than retreating, Youngblood heads south of the border for a bullet-strewn confrontation, but not before disapproving Scatter turns a gun on him first. Eddie must remind Youngblood, “We black men, there ain’t nowhere safe.”

When re-examining the material of Gordon Parks Jr.’s “Super Fly,” a daunting challenge was living up to Curtis Mayfield’s beloved songs. Director X drafted rapper Future to produce the original soundtrack for his film, penned by “Watchman” co-writer Alex Tse. Prior to introducing “Superfly” at Sony’s CinemaCon presentation last week, the director told Deadline that his take is “light on moral lessons.” “This is an action film,” he continued, an appropriate choice considering Joel Silver, a producer of the “Lethal Weapon” and “The Matrix” series, is onboard.

Sony Pictures will bring “Superfly” to theaters on July 15. Watch the trailer below. 

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“Superfly is timeless. It’s the definition of cool,” said Director X to open the Superfly portion of Sony’s slate presentation at the 8th annual CinemaCon confab. The time for X’s iteration of the classic film is different…

Superfly is timeless. It’s the definition of cool,” said Director X to open the Superfly portion of Sony’s slate presentation at the 8th annual CinemaCon confab. The time for X’s iteration of the classic film is different. It’s set in 2018 Atlanta unlike the original, which was 1972 Harlem. “One thing has remained,” asserted X, “The hustle.” Speaking with Deadline before the presentation, X contributed his decision to tackle this film as his first studio feature to its…

‘Superfly’ Trailer: Director X Moves The Action To Atlanta

If you weren’t around when Curtis Mayfield’s hit song from Superfly was inescapable in the early ’70s, this new trailer for Columbia Picture’s upcoming remake has some explaining for you.
“Power never stopped a bullet,” narrates Trevor Jackson as the lead character. “No car can outrun fate. But if you can play the game by your own rules and win, that’s Superfly.”
Based on the 1972 blaxploitation classic about a cocaine dealer looking to make one final sale, the Sony redo…

If you weren’t around when Curtis Mayfield’s hit song from Superfly was inescapable in the early ’70s, this new trailer for Columbia Picture’s upcoming remake has some explaining for you. “Power never stopped a bullet,” narrates Trevor Jackson as the lead character. “No car can outrun fate. But if you can play the game by your own rules and win, that's Superfly.” Based on the 1972 blaxploitation classic about a cocaine dealer looking to make one final sale, the Sony redo…

Watch ‘Superfly’ Trailer for ‘the Hair, the Fashion, the Women and the Cars’ (Video)

The 1972 blaxploitation classic “Super Fly” has been reimagined into a new feature film, whose first trailer promises to satisfy fans looking for “the hair, the fashion, the women and the cars.”

The movie moves from the original’s backdrop of Harlem to Atlanta, and follows one young man (“grown-ish” star Trevor Jackson) as a drug dealer in pursuit of the American Dream. The original followed a cocaine dealer named Priest (Ron O’Neal), looking to score one final deal before retirement.

Director X, who has worked with stars like Drake and Rihanna on their music videos, directs the film — which also stars Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis and Jennifer Morrison.

Also Read: ‘The Wire’ Alum Michael K. Williams Joins ‘Superfly’ Remake

Alex Tse wrote the screenplay, Joel Silver and Future produce, and Hal Sadoff, Aaron Auch, Matthew Hirsch and Steven R. Shore executive produce.

Watch the trailer above.

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The 1972 blaxploitation classic “Super Fly” has been reimagined into a new feature film, whose first trailer promises to satisfy fans looking for “the hair, the fashion, the women and the cars.”

The movie moves from the original’s backdrop of Harlem to Atlanta, and follows one young man (“grown-ish” star Trevor Jackson) as a drug dealer in pursuit of the American Dream. The original followed a cocaine dealer named Priest (Ron O’Neal), looking to score one final deal before retirement.

Director X, who has worked with stars like Drake and Rihanna on their music videos, directs the film — which also stars Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis and Jennifer Morrison.

Alex Tse wrote the screenplay, Joel Silver and Future produce, and Hal Sadoff, Aaron Auch, Matthew Hirsch and Steven R. Shore executive produce.

Watch the trailer above.

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Michael K. Williams joins Director X’s Superfly remake

Although it’s not addressed in Deadline’s report, as far as we’re concerned the real question here is: How did a Superfly remake get this far without Michael Kenneth Williams involved? Regardless, we’re pleased to report that the The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Night Of, and Hap And Leonard veteran is bringing his…

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Although it’s not addressed in Deadline’s report, as far as we’re concerned the real question here is: How did a Superfly remake get this far without Michael Kenneth Williams involved? Regardless, we’re pleased to report that the The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Night Of, and Hap And Leonard veteran is bringing his…

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‘The Wire’ Alum Michael K. Williams Joins ‘Superfly’ Remake

Michael K. Williams has joined the cast of the “Superfly” remake from Sony, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. Williams will play Scatter. Director X is directing based off a script by Alex Tse.

Additionally, Esai Morales is joining the cast in the role of Adalberto.

The original blaxploitation crime drama, which was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. and starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, followed an African American cocaine dealer who tries to secure one more deal before getting out of the business for good.

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Williams and Morales join a cast which also includes Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, Andrea Londo, Jacob Ming-Trent, and Allen Maldonado.

Joel Silver is producing “Superfly” with rapper Future, who is also organizing the film’s soundtrack. Executive producers are Steven R. Shore, Matthew Hirsch, Hal Sadoff, and Aaron Auch.

Best known for his role as Omar in HBO’s “The Wire,” Williams received back-to-back Emmy nominations for his role in the HBO TV movies “Bessie,” and miniseries “The Night Of.” Williams currently stars in the SundanceTV series, “Hap & Leonard.”

Also Read: Why Michael K Williams Went Through ‘9 Months of Hell’ for ‘The Night Of’ (Video)

Williams is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and WME.

Deadline first reported the news of William’s casting.

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Michael K. Williams has joined the cast of the “Superfly” remake from Sony, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. Williams will play Scatter. Director X is directing based off a script by Alex Tse.

Additionally, Esai Morales is joining the cast in the role of Adalberto.

The original blaxploitation crime drama, which was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. and starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, followed an African American cocaine dealer who tries to secure one more deal before getting out of the business for good.

Williams and Morales join a cast which also includes Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, Andrea Londo, Jacob Ming-Trent, and Allen Maldonado.

Joel Silver is producing “Superfly” with rapper Future, who is also organizing the film’s soundtrack. Executive producers are Steven R. Shore, Matthew Hirsch, Hal Sadoff, and Aaron Auch.

Best known for his role as Omar in HBO’s “The Wire,” Williams received back-to-back Emmy nominations for his role in the HBO TV movies “Bessie,” and miniseries “The Night Of.” Williams currently stars in the SundanceTV series, “Hap & Leonard.”

Williams is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and WME.

Deadline first reported the news of William’s casting.

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