Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics to Release 'Charm City Kings'

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Angel Manuel Soto

Angel Manuel Soto directed the feature whose behind-the-screen talent includes Barry Jenkins and Will Smith.

Ahead of its premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics has announced that it will release Charm City Kings in North America.

The movie, which will screen in competition at Sundance, is set to be released in select theaters on April 10, followed by a wide release on April 17.

The feature, inspired by the 2013 documentary of the same name by Lotfy Nathan, follows 14-year-old Mouse (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), who desperately wants to join Baltimore’s infamous Midnight Clique, a fearless group of dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. When Midnight’s leader, Blax (Meek Mill, in his feature film debut), takes Mouse under his wing, Mouse soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence.   

Angel Manuel Soto directed Charm City Kings from a screenplay by Sherman Payne, with a story by Chris Boyd, Kirk Sullivan and Oscar winner Barry Jenkins.

Will Catlett, Teyonah Parris, Donielle Tremaine Hansley, and Kezii Curtis also star. 

Caleeb Pinkett, Clarence Hammond and Marc Bienstock produced the drama, while Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and James Lassiter executive produced via Overbrook Entertainment.   

“Growing up in Puerto Rico as an aspiring filmmaker, I would’ve never fathomed having my film open with the same logo as many of my favorite films and have its world premiere in Sundance,” Soto said Tuesday in a statement. “I’ve always admired Sony Pictures Classics’ extraordinary taste and curatorial eye, and to be a part of their roster is a dream come true.”