Director X is ready to bring the world his take on the 1972 blaxploitation flick Superfly. The film has moved cities from Harlem to Atlanta, where Trevor Jackson from Grown-ish plays the role Youngblood Priest. Priest wants to get out the game, but it’s going to take hard work to reach that point. The all-star cast also includes Big Boi, Jason Mitchell, Michael K. Williams, and Allen Maldonado.
A new trailer for the film has been released, and the first preview came Future (who is executive producing the soundtrack for the film) in March. The footage looks like the cinematography was the main focus to thematically tie the theme together. ATLien culture has a strong influence. “Atlanta today is kind what Harlem was back then in the ’70s,” Director X told Entertainment Weekly. “The music the city is the music the world. The culture the city is the culture the world. Trends that happen in Atlanta reverberate around the planet. So when we were looking for a place to set this movie again, Atlanta made a lot sense. I mean, there’s a Whole Foods on 125th St. in Harlem]. It’s just not the same. Times have changed. We’ve had to move with the times.”
Superfly graces theaters on June 15.