Rising star Jacob Latimore, who will next be seen alongside Will Smith in the drama Collateral Beauty, plays a street magician whose skills are beyond comprehension in the first trailer for Sleight. This teaser shows that Jacob Latimore's character Bo can do much more than your average card tricks. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, where it was quickly picked up by Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions and WWE Studios.
MTV debuted the first teaser trailer, which includes a few quotes from critics who caught the film at Sundance, some of whom state the film is a cross between Chronicle and Iron Man. Sleight, which premiered as part of the festival's NEXT section, is a dramatic thriller that blends science fiction and street magic in a tale set in Los Angeles. The film has been set for release on April 7, 2017, which is becoming quite the crowded weekend. Also opening in that frame is Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village, Lionsgate's Wonder, Warner Bros.' Going in Style and PureFlix's The Case For Christ. Opening the week after Sleight is the highly-anticipated sequel Fast & Furious 8 on April 14, 2017.
When Bo (Jacob Latimore), a handsome and gifted high school student, suddenly becomes the sole caretaker for his little sister, Tina (Storm Reid), he foregoes college to dedicate his talents to the craft of magic. He wows audiences as a street magician but still has to make ends meet, so he cleverly uses his skills to peddle drugs for the local dealer, Angelo (Dule Hill). However when Bo falls for Holly (Seychelle Gabriel), an adorable teenager in need of support, he decides to get out of the drug business, causing Angelo to threaten his family. Bo must now rely on his sleight of hand and brilliant mind to save the day.
The supporting cast includes Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata, Michael Villar, Brandon Johnson, Donzaleigh Abernathy, Carmen Esposito and Andrew Fitzpatrick. When WWE Studios picked the film up out of Sundance, the announcement revealed that WWE Studios will leverage WWE's extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE's flagship programs, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, digital, social media and WWE Network, to market the film. It's possible that the first full trailer for this intense thriller may debut on one of these WWE shows in the near future, but that has not been confirmed.
Sleight marks the directorial debut of JD Dillard, who previously wrote and directed a number of short films, but he also worked on the box office blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, credited as "production and technical support" for Bad Robot. The filmmaker is working from a script he co-wrote with Alex Theurer, who previously wrote and produced for the TV series Intervention. The film is produced by Diablo Entertainment's Eric B. Fleischman, formerly of Blumhouse, Sean Tabibian and Alex Theurer. Take a look at the first footage from Sleight.