Lakeith Stanfield (“Get Out”) plays a far-from-woke telemarketer in the first trailer to writer-director Boots Riley’s Sundance hit “Sorry to Bother You.”
Stanfield plays a telemarketer in Oakland, California, with self-esteem issues who finds a magical secret to success — sounding more white on the phone — that sends him soaring up the ranks at his company.
But as he rises, he discovers a dark secret behind his company’s M.O., forcing him to choose between holding on to his newfound monetary gains or siding with his activist friends and speak truth to power.
Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Danny Glover, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick and Steven Yeun also star in the film.
Annapurna Pictures acquired the movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, saying in its official statement, “We f—ing love this movie.”
The film was produced by Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, the company behind Ryan Coogler’s debut feature film, “Fruitvale Station.”
Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi of Significant Productions produced the film with Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams, George Rush, and “Fences” producer Charles D. King.
“Sorry to Bother You” hits theaters on July 6. Watch the trailer above.