*“He is in high school,” said actor Dale Elliott about Akeem Sharp, the character he is playing in the FilmRise presentation of Sprinter.
Sprinter arrives in theatres June 14, 2019 and is co-executive produced by Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment and Jamaican attorney Robert A. Maylor’s Mental Telepathy Pictures.
About how he obtained the role Dale said, “A Jamaican film director saw one of my videos and there were similarities in his character in Sprinter and me. That’s how I got the role.”
Akeem Sharp is a very popular Rastafarian track and field star in Jamaica who has a plan to live with his mother who is illegally living in the United States by qualifying for a national track and field world youth championship team. He is fueled by the desired to get away from his unstable father and unruly older.
Dale Elliott is a Social Media video “blogger” who uploads videos of his acting skills online. Dale attended Kingston College and participated in track and field there as his extra curricular. He is about to graduate in December from the University of West Indies for his Bachelors in International Relations and Minor in Management Studies.
“The message of the film is to show…regular family doing regular things,” Dale said. “This film is different from regular Jamaican films from the inner city where the people die at the end with lots of violence. This movie ending is not like that.”
Sprinter also stars Tony Award nominated David Allen Grier (“In Living Color”) as Akeem’s coach, Shantol Jackson, Kadeem Wilson, Dennis Titus, Bryshere Y. Gray, Usain Bolt, Asha Kalimada, Darren Lee Campbell, Sakina Deer, Jared Michael Jordan, Pablo Ramos, Nadean Rawlins, Apollo Garza and SAG Award winning Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange is the New Black”). The screenplay was written by Storm Saulter. Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica Sprinter is an Overbrook Entertainment, Flipped Out Entertainment, MBG Entertainment, Mental Telepathy Picture production.
Unlike Akeem Sharp Dale’s family ties are tight.
“Lots of people dependant on me. I’m the first to get this far. I’m the oldest,” he said at the end of our talk. “I am proud of both my parents.” www.SprinterTheFilm.com
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