‘One Night In Miami’ Trailer: Regina King’s Directorial Debut Is One Of The Year’s Best

Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami is gaining a lot of momentum at just the right time. This being the awards season, you’re seeing her film, about an encounter between Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown in 1964, on a lot of “Top 10” lists. That includes my own, in which it ranks, well, pretty damn high. And all of this buzz could end up leading King to her share of Oscars in the coming months. But first, here’s a new trailer as it prepares to hit theaters this weekend, and then Amazon Prime on January 15th.

One Night in Miami is based on the play by Kemp Powers (also the writer of Pixar’s Soul), and centers on a single night in 1964. Eli Goree stars as Cassius Clay, who has just won the heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston, and so he goes to celebrate with a few of his famous pals:  Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown, and Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke. Over the course of an evening mostly spent in a hotel room, these four black icons discuss race, power, fame, and the call to social justice. What responsibility do they owe, as celebrities, to fight for a cause bigger than themselves?

Also released are four new posters that rightfully put this incredible cast in the spotlight. Not only might the film win awards for King and for Best Picture, but for the actors, as well.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.