While no formal announcement seems to have been made yet, it looks like Netflix has picked up a film starring Chadwick Boseman titled Message from the King, which revolves around a South African man (Boseman) who arrives in Los Angeles looking for his missing younger sister.
Netflix dropped a new trailer on YouTube on Tuesday, which means it’s not getting a theatrical release and will debut on the streaming giant on August 4.
We last reported on the film in March upon its first full trailer premiere for its French release when it did not have a stateside distributor.
The film first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2016. In March, we posted the question if the film would premiere in February 2018 and/or before Black Panther. Looks like we’ve got the answer.
A description of the film from production company Ink Factory reads, “A stranger in a strange land, he has $400 in his pocket and a return ticket home in seven days. Within twenty-four hours Jacob King knows his sister is dead. This is the story of what happens in the next six days. We are inspired by the great thrillers of the late 1960s and 1970s; films like ‘Point Blank’, ‘The French Connection’ and the work of Paul Schrader. These films are entertaining, taut and uncompromising, and explore the darkness at the heart of their protagonists. ‘Message from the King’ is a conflicted love letter to their adopted city, written by two outsiders in a strange land.”
Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher (both writers of the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown) penned the script, which was directed by Belgian filmmaker Fabrice du Welz.
If Fabrice du Welz’s name sounds familiar, it might be because we profiled his previous feature film, the 2014 crime thriller Colt 45, which French-Martinican rapper-turned-actor Joeystarr co-stars in.
Given the talent behind the camera for Message from the King, known especially for their fast-paced, slick action/crime/thrillers, expect something similar here.
Worth noting, in addition to starring, Boseman is also executive producer.
“Message from the King” also stars Teresa Palmer, Luke Evans, Alfred Molina and Tom Felton.
The Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell produced alongside David Lancaster.
Boseman has the thriller biopic Marshall later this year in theaters and is filming Avengers: Infinity War right now.
Watch the new trailer released by Netflix below:
Here are earlier posters for the film: