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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lakeith Stanfield Continues To Be Amazing, Stars in the Social Justice Drama CROWN HEIGHTS


It was just four years ago when Lakeith Stanfield seemingly dropped out of the sky and captivated audiences in Short Term 12. Since then he's continued to take on bolder and more interesting characters in films like Dope and Live Cargo. He's also been vocal about feminist representation, injustice, and diversity in media.

Which makes him a compelling fit for the role of Brooklyn resident Colin Warner, the real-life 18-year-old black man wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced to life in prison. CROWN HEIGHTS tells the story of his childhood friend Carl 'KC' King's (Nnamdi Asomugha) devotion to fighting for Warner's freedom.

Read the synopsis:

In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin’s childhood friend Carl 'KC' King devotes his life to fighting for Colin’s freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system. This incredible true story is adapted from the acclaimed This American Life segment by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King.

As more and more films continue to interrogate the flawed criminal justice system (including director Ava Duvernay's 13th last year), this looks to be a needed contribution to keep that conversation going. And again, I am here for Stanfield. What say you?

Amazon Studios and IFC Films will release CROWN HEIGHTS in theaters August 25. 

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