ArtFilm / TV

boots riley will direct new movie starring lakeith stanfield, tessa thompson

June 16, 2017

Hip Hop/Rock musician Boots Riley is taking his talents to the big screen. According to Deadline, the first time director has snagged Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) to star in his upcoming drama Sorry to Bother You, slated to begin filming this month. Riley studied film at San Francisco State University before grabbing a major label recording deal for his band, The Coup, which performed at AFROPUNK Fest in 2013:

Sorry To Bother You is about “a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues” who “discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices. When he uncovers the macabre secret of his corporate overlords, he must decide whether to stand up or sell out.” Previously, Thompson and Stanfield both worked on the Oscar nominated Best Picture Selma together.

We can’t wait!