Amazon Studios has released the official trailer for One Night in Miami, a buzzy award contender that marks the feature directorial debut for actress Regina King (Watchmen, If Beale Street Could Talk).
Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke are played by Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr, respectively, in a film that imagines a meeting of the four icons in a Miami hotel room in February 1964 – following Ali’s win over heavy weight champ Sonny Liston. As the official synopsis below says, “more than 40 years later, their conversations on racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility still resonate.”
It certainly looks to be the type of prestige picture that ticks off the right boxes – and the type of film the Academy gravitates to. Some heavy and important socio and racial issues (unfortunately timely ones, at that) and some larger-than-life historical figures; no pressure! Looking forward to seeing this one.
One Night in Miami, which writer Kemp Powers (Soul) adapted from his own stage play of the same name, opens in select U.S. cinemas on January 8th before it begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video on January 15th.
Official synopsis for One Night in Miami:
“On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), defeats heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). ‘One Night In Miami’ is a fictional account inspired by the historic night these four formidable figures spent together. It looks at the struggles these men faced and the vital role they each played in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. More than 40 years later, their conversations on racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility still resonate.”