Lionsgate has provided MovieWeb.com with an exclusive first look clip from their upcoming thriller, Akeelah and the Bee, starring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett and Keke Palmer. The film will be released nationwide on April 21st.

CLICK HERE to watch our exclusive clip, "Getting Lucky."

An inspirational drama, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne); her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong) and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl. A Lionsgate Films and 2929 Entertainment production, Akeelah and the Bee was written and directed by Doug Atchison.

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