While fans of Jeymes Samuel’s blistering feature debut The Harder They Fall await a possible sequel, the filmmaker is coming back with a Biblical story about an everyman who wishes to be part of Jesus’ flock.
Samuel reunites with LaKeith Stanfield who plays Clarence, a Jerusalemite man that finds himself intrigued by the influence of Jesus and ultimately becomes a Messiah for his own personal gain. But, ultimately, his journey leads him into an unexpected exploration of faith.
In the newly released trailer by Sony Pictures, we see Clarence as he attempts to become one of the Messiah’s 12 apostles. It’s also clear that Clarence is down on his luck and struggling to provide for his family. He also is saddled with debt, and will chart his own way to a better life.
Omar Sy, RJ Cyler, Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Anna Diop, David Oyelowo, Alfre Woodard and Teyana Taylor join Stanfield in the cast. Jay-Z is aboard as one of the film’s producers, which means it will probably also have a killer soundtrack. Speaking of which, Samuel does the music along with writing and directing.
The Book of Clarence opens in theaters on January 12th 2024.