'Fast Color' Trailer: Three Generations Of Black Women With Superhuman Abilities Must Protect Themselves

January 17th 2019

After it debuted at SXSW last year, the Julia Hart-directed film, Fast Color, has been highly anticipated.

Almost a year after it first premiered at the festival, we now have a trailer for the film, which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Saniyya Sidney and Lorraine Touissant. The film was produced by Hart and her husband, La La producer Jordan Horowitz.

Fast Color is the story of a woman named Ruth (Mbatha-Raw) who is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Now, years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.

In an interview with Entertainment Weeklywho exclusively debuted the trailer, Hart said, “My husband and I came up with the idea for the movie when we became parents. I just felt this superhuman strength that I had never felt before when I became a mother. So, the idea for the movie came from this notion that mothers are superheroes. I realized that I’d never seen a movie where there was actually a superhero who was a mother. That was the origin of it, about these three generations of women — a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter — using their relationship with each other to understand, and accept, and use their powers.”

They decided cast Mbatha-Raw after seeing her performance in the Gina Prince-Bythewood film, Beyond the Lights. “When Jordan and I were first writing the script, we saw Beyond the Lights, and we were like, ‘Oh my God, this is the character that we’re creating, she has to play this part. What was interesting about that was, what started out as a story about female power and the power of mothers, ultimately became about the power of women of color, which, as a white woman, was something much bigger than me and my understanding of the world. Having such incredible actresses like Gugu, and then Lorraine Toussaint who played her mother, and Saniyya Sidney who plays her daughter, who are also women of color, was a pretty incredible experience. It was such a privilege to watch the story become something bigger than me and my experience of being a woman.”

Fast Color will be released on March 29, 2019.

Watch the trailer below:

 

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by Trey Mangum on January 17th 2019

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