Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield And Steven Yeun To Co-Star in ‘Sorry to Bother You’

06/15/2017

Tessa Thompson, LaKeith Stanfield, and Steven Yeun are set to star in “Sorry to Bother You,” a drama from debuting director Boots Riley.

 

Deadline reports that Tessa Thompson, LaKeith Stanfield and Steven Yeun will be starring in Boots Riley’s upcoming drama Sorry To Bother You. Written by Riley, the film finds a black telemarketer struggling with self-esteem issues who suddenly discovers the key to business success. But as he's propelled to the upper echelons of his company, his activist friends are making their own stand against unfair labour practices. And then he also uncovers his corporate overlords' dark secret, which leads to him deciding whether to stand up or sell out.

Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi of Significant Productions are producing the film with Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams, George Rush, and “Fences” producer Charles D. King. Additionally, according to Indiewire, Sorry To Bother You won the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) grant in 2015. The SFFS/KRF program has given grants to other amazing films such as Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange.

Prior to this film, director Boots Riley became known in the hip-hop world as the head of the politically-charged group The Coup, whose songs most famously appeared in the movie “Superbad.” Riley previously worked behind the camera as director for the group’s music videos.

Thompson and Stanfield previously both worked on the critically-acclaimed and Oscar nominated Best Picture Selma together. Thompson, who also appeared in Creed, stars as the female lead Valkyrie in Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok which bows on Nov. 3. Upcoming also for her is a starring turn in Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller Annihilation opposite Natalie Portman. And, this summer she will begin production on season 2 of HBO’s Westworld.

Stanfield will next star in The Incredible Jessica James (Netflix), Crown Heights (Amazon), Death Note (Netflix), Come Sunday (Netflix) opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor as well as season 2 of FX’s Atlanta.

Yeun, meanwhile, with his (spoiler alert!) more open schedule these days, will crop up in Okja (28 June), Mayhem and Chew.