Jahi appears in Charm City Kings by Angel Manuel Soto
Jahi appears in Charm City Kings by Angel Manuel Soto, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by William Gray

Sony Pictures Classics will release “Charm City Kings,” a new film by Angel Manuel Soto, that is set to world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Following the Sundance premiere, Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in select theaters on April 10, 2020, followed by a wide release on April 17, 2020.

From a screenplay by Sherman Payne with a story by Chris Boyd & Kirk Sullivan and Academy Award® winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Charm City Kings is inspired by the 2013 feature film documentary by Lotfy Nathan. The film stars Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill (in his feature film debut), Will Catlett, Teyonah Parris, Donielle Tremaine Hansley, and Kezii Curtis. Charm City Kings is produced by Caleeb Pinkett, Clarence Hammond, and Marc Bienstock and executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment.

Mouse (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) desperately wants to join Baltimore’s infamous Midnight Clique, a fearless group of dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. When Midnight’s leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes 14-year-old Mouse under his wing, Mouse soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence.

“Growing up in Puerto Rico as an aspiring filmmaker, I would’ve never fathomed having my film open with the same logo as many of my favorite films and have its world premiere in Sundance,” said Angel Manuel Soto. “I’ve always admired Sony Pictures Classics’ extraordinary taste and curatorial eye, and to be a part of their roster is a dream come true. I am forever thankful to Caleeb and Clarence from Overbrook for giving me the privilege of bringing this beautiful story to life with such a talented cast and crew, and I can’t think of a better company to bring Charm City Kings and its message to the world.

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