The first trailer dropped today for one of the most anticipated films yet to be released for awards season, Regina King’s powerful directorial debut, One Night in Miami…
The film tells of an imagined gathering of four of the most significant icons of twentieth-century black culture, against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement. Set in Miami on the night of February 25, 1964, the story features political activist Malcolm X, football star Jim Brown, singer Sam Cooke and boxer Cassius Clay as friends who get together to celebrate Clay’s monumental victory earlier in the evening. While the gathering is fictional, the date is not, as it is the actual date when a young Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston to capture the heavyweight boxing championship. Clay, who would soon rename himself Muhammad Ali when he famously converts to Islam, is mentored by Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X, who, on this night, is in Miami to provide Clay spiritual guidance and support on his big night. Malcolm and Cassius are joined by Brown and Cooke, and the four embark on an evening of revelry, celebration, reflection and conflict as the events of the evening and the state of the world influence their individual paths and their mutual interests.
Adapted by Kemp Powers from his play, One Night in Miami… features performances that are all being widely buzzed about for awards consideration, including Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Eli Goree as Cassius Clay, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown and Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke. King’s powerful film has made a big splash with critics who have seen it, as well as festival audiences, as the film wowed at Venice, Toronto, Zurich, London and AFI Fests, just to name a few.
Amazon Studios will release One Night in Miami… in select theaters on December 25 and on Prime Video January 15. See the first teaser trailer below: