Award-winning actress Regina King, who currently stars in HBO’s “Watchmen” as Angela Abar and the racist-fighting superhero Sister Night, will make her feature film directorial debut on a project that follows a group of real life freedom fighters, reports Deadline.
“One Night In Miami” imagines what happened on February 25, 1964, after Cassius Clay (not yet Muhammad Ali) knocked out Sonny Liston to become the new heavyweight champion. In the film, he celebrates the win with three friends in a hotel room in Miami’s predominantly Black Overtown neighborhood. Those friends: civil rights leader Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and Hall of Fame athlete Jim Brown. An adaptation of Kemp Powers’ Olivier-nominated 2013 stage play of the same name, the film features the men sharing their views on how to improve the plight of the Black community. By the end of the evening, all four believe that change is on the horizon.
The core cast consists of Kingsley Ben-Adir (Malcolm X), Eli Goree (Clay), Aldis Hodge (Brown) and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Cooke).
“‘One Night in Miami’ is a love letter to Black manhood that powerfully explores themes of race, identity and friendship,” King told Deadline. “Each of them has contributed so much to culture and history. We’re so excited to have Kingsley, Eli, Aldis and Leslie in the lead roles showing a different side of these iconic men.”