Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, the computer-animated feature film, gets a new trailer ahead of its North American theatrical release. The movie first debuted in 2015 at the International Dubai Film Festival and was released throughout the Middle East and North African region in September 2016. At the time, Bilal: A New Breed of Hero received largely positive reviews.
However, the film is poised to receive a much wider release as the animated feature is gearing up for a North American release. Now, in preparation of that release in the United States, Canada, and more regions - ahead of an even wider international release - a new trailer for Bilal: A New Breed of Hero has been released.
The North American trailer for Bilal: A New Breed of Hero can be viewed above, and the movie is set to premiere on February 2, 2018. Ayman Jamal co-directed the film with Khurram H. Alavi from a script he co-wrote with Alexander Kronemer, Michael Wolfe, Khurram H. Alavi, and Yassin Kamel, which was based on the story of Bilal ibn Rabah. The voice cast includes the likes of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad) as Bilal, Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods) as Bilal's evil master Umayya, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (Nashville) as Bilal’s mother Hamamah, Michael Gross (Tremors, Family Ties) as the slave trader Okba, and more.
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero starts off 1,400 years ago following the seven-year-old version of the titular hero as he and his sister are captured and forced into slavery. Through Bilal's experiences and hardships - and the word's of his mother staying with him - he discovers the inner strength he always possessed. Using his voice and courage, Bilal stands up to the slavers that oppress him and his community, ultimately discovering he has the power to not only free himself from chains, but all those around him as well. According to the movie's official synopsis, "It is through the power of his voice and faith that his lifelong dream of freedom comes true. Bilal grows into a man who will inspire and forever change the world."
Although Bilal received a limited release in the MENA region, it was still submitted for the 2017 Academy Awards in the animation category, but ultimately wasn't selected as a nominee. Of course, even if it were nominated, Bilal still would have had to challenge Disney, which is a powerhouse at the Oscars, having won the animated film category nine out of the 10 past years. Still, though an Oscars bid may not be in the cards for Bilal, the movie is getting a North American release and a larger international release after that. And if the trailer for Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is any indication, it certainly has the potential to capture the attention of audiences all around the world.