‘Naked Singularity’ Trailer: John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, And More Star In A Courtroom Heist Thriller

His Star Wars days long behind him, John Boyega has since reverted to the smaller movies that launched his career, such as Imperial Dreams and the recent Small Axe. Later this summer he’ll star in Naked Singularity, which may sound like it belongs in a sci-fi franchise, but is actually a legal thriller with an intriguing heist aspect.

Directed and co-written by Chase Palmer (co-writer on It: Chapter One), the story follows an idealistic public defender who joins with a former client to pull off a high-stakes heist in order to stick it to the broken legal system.

Joining Boyega in the cast is an impressive lineup that includes Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgård, Ed Skrein, Linda Lavin, and Tim Blake Nelson.  I bet if you hadn’t heard of this movie before it’s now got your attention.

The film is based on the novel by author Sergio De La Pava, a former D.A. and current public defender who knows the injustices in the courtroom every day.

Naked Singularity opens in New York theaters on August 6th, followed by a wide release that includes VOD on August 13th.

Naked Singularity tells the story of Casi (John Boyega), a promising young NYC public defender whose idealism is beginning to crack under the daily injustices of the very justice system he’s trying to make right. Doubting all he has worked for and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him, he is pulled into a dangerous high-stakes drug heist by an unpredictable former client (Olivia Cooke) to beat the broken system at its own game.


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.