This summer, we’re in for a twisted, unconventional ride. In his first lead role, Get Out’s Lakeith Stanfield stars in the upcoming genre-bending film Sorry to Bother You. Mixed with science fiction, satire, and just pure outrageousness, the Sundance hit is considered to be “wildly inventive.” In the newly released trailer, we’re given a brief look at the unorthodox storyline.
Set in an alternate present-day reality of Oakland, struggling telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers the magical key to professional success—using his “white voice”—which, in turn, thrusts him into a grim, macabre universe. Strictly based on the film’s synopsis, I find myself making comparisons to the social thriller Get Out, where Green now resides in “the sunken place,” which in this case is an alternate universe rather than a metaphorical black hole.
In contrast, however, the trailer for Sorry to Bother You is less grim and far more hilarious and vibrant than Get Out’s largely unsettling tone. Will the film prove to be darker than its trailer portrays, more satirical, or a brilliant mixture of both? We don’t have the slightest clue about what we’re actually in for, and that’s the fun part. Regardless, Sorry to Bother You has sparked immense curiosity because it’s offbeat, bizarre, and refreshingly original.
Directed by Boots Riley and produced by Annapurna Pictures, Sorry to Bother You stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Steven Yeun. The film premieres in theaters on July 6th.