Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell cast in Superfly
Trevor Jackson (grown-ish, black-ish) and Jason Mitchell (Mudbound, Straight Outta Compton) have been cast in the upcoming remake of the 1972 blaxsploitation film Super Fly, according to a post on the film’s official Facebook page. Jackson will play Youngblood Priest and Mitchell will play Eddie. The cast also includes Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as Adalberto, according to Deadline.
The new Superfly movie (one word, not two words this time) has Watchmen writer Alex Tse on script duty. Director X is helming the new movie. Super Fly was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. (His father, Gordon Parks, directed the classic Shaft, which has a new film version in progress with Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Alexandra Shipp and Jesse T. Usher.)
Super Fly starred Ron O’Neal as Priest Youngblood, a cocaine dealer who was trying to do one last deal before he left the drug business forever. The film also starred Sheila Frazier as Georgia, Julius Harris as Scatter and Charles McGregor as Fat Freddie. Curtis Mayfield and members of The Curtis Mayfield Experience appeared as themselves. Mayfield was responsible for the music in the film and the soundtrack outsold the box office take. Super Fly featured a customized 1971 Cadillac Eldorado and is credited with starting the car customization trend in the 1970s. There was a sequel called Super Fly T.N.T. in 1973 with O’Neal reprising his role. The original film’s producer Sig Shore directed a second sequel in 1990 called The Return of Superfly.
Superfly will be produced by Joel Silver and Sony executive Palak Patel reportedly took the lead in buying the rights to the film. Hip-hop star Future will produce as well, with Steven R. Shore, who is the son of Sig Shore on to executive produce with Matthew Hirsch, Hal Sadoff and Aaron Ausch.
Trevor Jackson is known for his work in the TV series black-ish and the spinoff grown-ish. He’s also been seen in American Crimes and Burning Sands. Jason Mitchell is known for his work in Mudbound, which is getting Oscar buzz, as well as Straight Outta Compton.
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