Rap battles get the spotlight in the upcoming film Bodied, produced by hip hop star Eminem and directed by renowned music video helmer Joseph Khan.
A red band trailer has arrived for the film, which will be hitting YouTube Premium in late November. Bodied follows a grad student (Calum Worthy) who is pulled into the world of rap battles, where he begins to rise through the ranks. His newfound passion soon begins to affect other areas of life, including his school friends and uptight girlfriend.
The reviews that have come from the film’s festival circuit run have been quite promising, reviewers impressed with the movie’s handling of various topics (race, politics, class) and provocative elements with a cracking script and slick direction. It looks quite good from the trailer below. Khan may have found his first solid feature here, after mediocre-to-bad features Torque and Detention.
Bodied, also starring Jackie Strong, Anthony Michael Hall, Rory Uphold, and Jonathan Park, will open in limited US cinemas on 2 November and hitting YouTube Premium on 28 November.
Official synopsis for Bodied:
Produced by Eminem and directed by Joseph Khan, one of the biggest music video directors of all time (from Wu Tang Clan to Taylor Swift), “Bodied” is a go-for-the-jugular, hilarious look inside the competitive world of rap battles. Berkeley grad student Adam Merkin (Calum Worthy; “American Vandal,” “Austin & Ally”) gets sucked into the game after meeting icon Behn Grym (Jackie Strong; BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and accidentally competing in—and winning—his first battle. Rising through the ranks of the battle scene with his provocative insults, Adam alienates his academic buddies, uptight girlfriend, and literary professor father (Anthony Michael Hall).