Superhero origin movies can often feel been there, done that. You’ve either hailed from the planet Krypton, fallen into a vat of acid, or have been bitten by a radioactive spider. How many ways can you reinvent the wheel? Writer/director J.D. Dillard seeks to add a new entry into the superhero realm with his Sundance darling Sleight, slated to hit theaters nationwide April 28.
Sleight first made its film debut January 2016 at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in its NEXT section. And man, did it exceed expectations! According to an early review by The Hollywood Reporter, “Magic tricks become shorthand for the power of personal transformation in JD Dillard’s modestly scaled thriller that’s equally an accessible domestic drama. Loaded with talent on both sides of the camera, Sleight displays the hallmarks of a potential indie crossover that stands to attract both niche and genre audiences alike.”
The diverse cast includes Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill, Storm Reid, Sasheer Zamata, and Cameron Esposito.
The film follows Bo (Jacob Latimore), a young street magician who has the responsibility of raising his younger sister (Storm Reid) after the sudden death of their mother. To onlookers, it appears that his magic tricks are done via sleight of hand and are all a part of an illusion. However, in reality, Bo has an impressive trick up his sleeve. He can levitate objects using an electromagnetic levitation device he invented. He encounters Angelo (Dule Hill) who paints a picture of offering him a more lucrative lifestyle and begins selling drugs to make ends meet. The more money he makes, the deeper he gets into dealings with Angelo, unfortunately to his own peril. In a matter of life and death, he must use his magic and his mind to save the one thing that matters to him most.
The film’s star Jacob Latimore, who viewers might remember from the holiday season film Collateral Beauty, spoke about the film recently in an interview. Of the film, he said, “Sleight is the kind of film you dream about. It balanced the genres of science fiction, romance, family and reality in one story. I was completely drawn into the character and the complex issues he faces. It’s not often you get a script that allows you to stretch your own ability as an actor and I saw the ability to do that with this film.”
Latimore also added, “It’s a genre-bending superhero origin story. Although it focuses on a street magician, Sleight ultimately is a story about the lengths a person will go to protect his family.”
Watch the full trailer below.
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