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Wolfe Releasing has acquired the North American rights to The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, setting a day-and-date release for Feb. 26.
Everybody Hates Chris co-creator Ali LeRoi made his feature directorial debut on the movie, which was written by Stanley Kalu and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019.
Steven Silver stars as a wealthy, Nigerian-American teenager, who is pulled over by police, shot to death and immediately awakens, trapped in a terrifying time loop that forces him to confront difficult truths about his life and himself. Spencer Neville and Nicola Peltz also star.
Zachary Green, who negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, and Jason Shuman produced the project, which won their Million Dollar Screenplay Competition in 2018. Chuck and Marni Bond also produced.
Offered LeRoi, “Tunde Johnson speaks to this moment in our society as issues of intersectionality force a reckoning about violence against black bodies, expressions of love and the quest to live a full life as a whole person without constantly being under duress, if not under fire.”
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