Sundance hit Sorry to Bother You gets a new trailer highlighting the surreal comedy’s rave reviews. Atlanta breakout Lakeith Stanfield stars in director Boots Riley’s debut feature, together with Thor: Ragnarok‘s Tessa Thompson and Call Me By Your Name‘s Armie Hammer. Patton Oswalt, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, David Cross and Steven Yeun also star.
Set in an alternate universe version of modern-day Oakland, Sorry to Bother You concerns the surrealist misadventures of a down-and-out guy named Cassius Green (Stanfield). When Cassius lands a telemarketing job, he learns the magical secret to selling things over the phone to white people. This discovery, in the words of the movie’s synopsis, “propels him into a macabre universe.”
Annapurna Pictures has debuted a new trailer for Sorry to Bother You. Boots Riley has crafted what critics are calling “the comedy of the year“. More raves featured in the trailer call the movie “brilliantly outrageous” and “something you need to see to believe“. Watch Stanfield and Thompson go on a surreal trip in the clip above.
Stanfield of course is no stranger to surrealist trips or macabre universes. As the perpetually-stoned, conspiracy theory espousing Darius on Atlanta, the actor has gone to some pretty strange places. Indeed, Sorry to Bother You feels a bit Atlanta-like with its surreal approach to comedy. The trailer opens with a gag that could be right out of Donald Glover’s acclaimed FX series. Cassius is in bed with his girlfriend Detroit (Thompson), engaging in a little encouraging pillow talk. Suddenly, the wall slides up… and we realize Cassius is living in a garage. Later, we find out the movie’s comedic hook. Cash lands a telemarketing job, and old-timer Glover tells him the secret to success: he needs to find his “white voice.” And Cash does. Hilariously, his “white voice” is actually Oswalt.
Somehow, talking like Oswalt propels Cassius up the ladder in the world of telemarketing. But soon, things get even odder. When Hammer is handing you notes offering you $100 million with a smiley face, you know you’re not in Kansas anymore. Some of this has a distinct Being John Malkovich vibe. And it’s hard not to think of Get Out as well (of course Get Out as we know is a secret sequel to Being John Malkovich). Stanfield himself visited the most macabre universe of all in Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning social thriller. With Sorry to Bother You, Stanfield continues building his reputation as one of our more interesting, off-beat actors.
After debuting at Sundance to much acclaim, Sorry to Bother You releases to theaters this summer.
Source: Annapurna Pictures
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