EXCLUSIVE: Asante Blackk (When They See Us) and Luis Guzmán (Visitors) have been tapped because the leads for Aristotle Torres’ characteristic directorial debut Story Ave, for FirstGen Content material (Catch the Truthful One, Name Jane) and Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Productions. The movie, which has wrapped manufacturing in New York, can even star Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Melvin Gregg (9 Good Strangers), Cassandra Freeman (Monsters and Males) and Coral Peña (For All Mankind).
Primarily based on Torres’ 2018 wanting the identical title — which was, in flip, primarily based on his life — Story Ave follows a teenage graffiti artist (Blackk) who, after operating away from residence, holds up an unsuspecting MTA employee (Guzmán) in a theft gone proper that modifications their lives endlessly.
Story Ave is a FirstGen Content material and Foxxhole Leisure Manufacturing, in affiliation with Mero Mero Manufacturing, The House Program, and Darkish Rabbit Productions. Torres developed the characteristic via the Sundance Director and Screenwriter Labs, with Guzmán and his son, government producer Cemi Guzmán of Darkish Rabbit Productions, becoming a member of the challenge in its infancy and proving instrumental in advancing Torres’ imaginative and prescient. FirstGen Content material and Mero Mero Productions have served as financiers for the movie, scripted by Torres and Bonsu Thompson, with Torres producing alongside Fox, Datari Turner, Lizzie Shapiro and Michael D’Alto. Cemi and Luis Guzmán are joined as exec producers on the challenge by Claude Amadeo, Randal Sandler, Chris Triana, Martin Cabrera, Robert Aguilar and Gus Deardoff.
Blackk is an Emmys and Critics’ Alternative Award nominee who discovered his breakout position in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix restricted collection When They See Us, which had him portraying Central Park 5 member Kevin Richardson. The actor most just lately appeared on NBC’s hit present This Is Us as Déjà Pearson’s (Lyric Ross) boyfriend, Malik, and is ready to make his characteristic debut in Cory Finley’s Panorama with Invisible Hand for MGM and Plan B, reverse Tiffany Haddish.
Guzmán is an Impartial Award nominee identified for turns in such movies as The Taking of Pelham 123, Quick Meals Nation, Ready…, Anger Administration, Punch-Drunk Love, The Depend of Monte Cristo, Visitors, Boogie Nights and Carlito’s Means, amongst many others. Notable TV credit embrace Hightown, Extremely Metropolis Smiths, Shameless, Godfather of Harlem, Roadies, Narcos and Oz. The actor just lately made an look on Peacock’s The Resort and can subsequent be seen in Netflix’s Addams Household collection Wednesday, in addition to Gareth Evans’ action-thriller Havoc, amongst different tasks.
Hibbert broke out together with his flip as Little in Barry Jenkins’ Finest Image winner Moonlight, and has subsequently been seen in Black Panther and Showtime’s The Chi.
Gregg’s characteristic credit embrace Lee Daniels’ America vs. Billie Vacation, Gavin O’Connor’s The Means Again, Steven Soderbergh’s Excessive Flying Hen and Steven Caple Jr.’s The Land. The actor has additionally been seen on such collection as 9 Good Strangers, Snowfall, American Vandal and UnREAL, amongst others. Extra upcoming tasks embrace Tim Story’s horror-comedy The Blackening, Ira Rosensweig’s sci-fi thriller Share, the Showtime collection The Wooden and the action-thriller podcast collection, Zaya.
Freeman performs Vivian Banks in Peacock’s Bel-Air, and has additionally been seen on collection together with The Final O.G., For Life, The Enemy Inside, Luke Cage and Single Girls, to call just a few. Notable movie credit embrace Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced’s Monsters and Males, Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Chris Rock’s I Suppose I Love My Spouse. The actress can even quickly be seen in Invoice Oliver’s custody-battle drama Our Son, toplined by Luke Evans and Billy Porter.
Peña has beforehand been seen in movies just like the Amazon YA romance Chemical Hearts, Steven Spielberg’s The Put up, the Bel Powley dramedy Carrie Pilby and the drama The Pirates of Somalia with Al Pacino. Extra credit embrace such collection as For All Mankind, The Enemy Inside and 24: Legacy.
Torres is a filmmaker primarily based out of New York Metropolis who has written and directed such extra pageant shorts as Story 2 Inform (2016) and Silent Accomplice (2021). He’s directed music movies for such artists as J Cole, Nas, 2 Chainz and Ludacris, and has additionally mounted commercials and campaigns for manufacturers like Pepsi, Pink Bull, Underneath Armour and Starbucks.
Torres is represented by WME, Lighthouse Administration & Media and Del Shaw Moonves; Blackk by UTA, M88 and Del Shaw Moonves; Guzmán by Gersh and Gravesend Leisure’s Michael Bregman; Hibbert by Nameless Content material, Gersh and Sloane, Supply, Weber & Dern; Gregg by 3 Arts Leisure, CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum; Freeman by One Leisure, Buchwald and Granderson Des Rochers; and Peña by Revolutionary Artists and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.