*This year’s American Black Film Festival will launch with the premiere screening of “Superfly” on June 13 at the Fillmore Theater in Miami Beach, Fla., according to Variety.
Sony Pictures is opening the pic nationwide on the same date to get a two-day head start on Disney and Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”
“Superfly” is directed by Director X in his feature film debut from Alex Tse’s script. Trevor Jackson takes on the iconic role, alongside costars Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis and Jennifer Morrison.
“We are thrilled ‘Superfly’ will be the opening night film at the 2018 ABFF,” CEO Jeff Friday said. “For many, the title resonates as a cultural touchstone, not only for the look and style of the film itself, but also for Curtis Mayfield’s legendary soundtrack, and for its place in history. ‘Superfly’ is one of the few films of its era that featured African-American characters with agency and power. In bringing ‘Superfly’ to a new generation, Director X has transitioned a timeless classic into a modern day, entertaining film that will be enjoyed by all.”