The first trailer has dropped for what looks like could be the most bonkers movie of the year. Called ‘Sorry to Bother You’, Boots Riley’s vibrant satire follows Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield as a telemarketer who discovers the key to business success; speaking like a white man.
Sorry to Bother You premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and it’s fair to say it was a knockout success. The film takes place in an alternate present day version of Oakland with Stanfield playing Cassius Green. As he rises up the ranks in his office, he uncovers the macabre secret of his corporate overlords.
If you didn’t get the satirical overtones from that description, just bear in mind that comic legend David Cross is doing all the dubbing for Stanfield’s (and Danny Glover’s) white man voice… Yeah. From early reviews, it sounds like STBY will tackle issues of corporatism, misogyny, feminism, gentrification, and of course, race.
And judging from the trailer, it looks to be a fairly chaotic affair with the script zinging along like a Sorkin masterpiece. The cast is also impressive with Stanfield starring opposite Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson and Call Me By Your Name’s Armie Hammer. There’s also appearances from Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, and Danny Glover. So stacked, then.
Sorry to Bother You is set to release in the US on 6th July but there’s currently no UK release date as of yet. For now, just watch the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments below!
To save your Netflix navigation woes, here’s a full list of all of the streaming giant’s secret category codes (accurate to 1st March 2018).