Sundance 2018 Preview: Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother YouPosted by Wilson Morales
January 20, 2018
Making its World Premiere on Jan. 20 at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is Boots Riley‘s first written-directed feature, ‘Sorry To Bother You,’ starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover.
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, 30-something black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe with a disturbing likeness to our own. The upswing in Cassius’s career raises serious red flags with his brilliant girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a sign-twirling gallery artist who is secretly a part of a Banksy-style collective called Left Eye. But the unimaginable hits the fan when Cassius meets the company’s cocaine-snorting, orgy-hosting, obnoxious, and relentlessly optimistic CEO, Steve Lift (Armie Hammer).
Riley studied film at San Francisco State University before ending his studies in favor of a major-label recording deal for his band, The Coup.
Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker of Signficant Prods. are producing along with 6 Years‘ Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams, Charles D. King, and George Rush. Significant Productions, MNM Creative, MACRO and Cinereach are financing the production.
The executive producers of Sorry to Bother You are Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Michael Y. Chow, Michael K. Shen,Gus Deardoff, Philipp Engelhorn, and Caroline Kaplan.