Samuel Goldwyn films acquire North American rights to political thriller ‘88,’ with a release date announcement and first trailer. Produced by Lenard ‘Charlamagne Tha God’ Mckelvey, the thriller will be released in theatres across the US on February 17th, following its premiere at Tribeca FF 2022.
Written/directed by Eromose (Legacy), 88 features an ensemble cast including Naturi Naughton (Fame), Orlando Jones (Abbott Elementary, Sleepy Hollow), Thomas Sadoski (John Wick), Brandon Victor Dixon (The Best Man: The Final Chapters), Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black), William Fichtner (Mom), Kelly McCreary (Grey’s Anatomy), Jon Tenney (Scandal), and Kenneth Choi (9-1-1, The Wolf of Wall Street).
When Femi Jackson (Dixon), the financial director for a Democratic super PAC behind a frontrunner presidential candidate, discovers unusual patterns in donations, he enlists an investment blogger Ira Goldstein (Sadoski), to dig deeper. As Femi’s wife Maria (Naughton) strives to educate their son on the dangers he will face in modern society while she fights racial and classist bias at work, Femi and Ira follow the campaign money trail back to its nefarious origins in a race to uncover the truth before the presidential primaries.
88 investigates the divergence of race, money, power, and politics through the lens of a black family.
About Samuel Goldwyn Films:
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces, and distributes innovative feature films. The company distributed the 2021 Academy Award®-winning film ANOTHER ROUND, the 2021 Academy Award®-nominated film THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN, and the 2022 Academy Award®-nominated film LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM. Upcoming films include India’s official Oscars® entry, LAST FILM SHOW, UK hit FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: ONE AND ALL, and ACCIDENT MAN: HITMAN’S HOLIDAY starring Scott Adkins.
About Charlamagne Tha God:
Lenard “Charlamagne Tha God” McKelvey is a multimedia mogul, Radio Hall of Fame inductee, and best-selling author. With nearly two decades at the pulse of culture in TV and Radio, he serves many roles as a co-host of The Breakfast Club, which drives millions of listeners daily, host of Comedy Central’s Hell Of A Week with Charlamagne Tha God, a late-night show he co-created with Stephen Colbert, as well as an executive producer for numerous television and film projects.
Continuously growing his media empire, Charlamagne has established several strategic partnerships, including The Black Effect Podcast Network with IHeartMedia and Black Privilege Publishing, his publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster, among others. He is also the author of The New York Times Best Seller Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, and the nationally best-selling book Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me.
Because of his deep passion for mental health, especially in the Black community, Charlemagne founded the Mental Wealth Alliance, a forward-thinking foundation created to destigmatize, accelerate, and provide trailblazing mental health outreach and care across the U.S. while building an unprecedented long-term system of generational support for Black communities.