Lionsgate has released the official trailer for Blindspotting, a film described as a “timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class”.
Written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, the film is set against the backdrop of Oakland and stars the two as childhood best friends who work as movers. Diggs’ character, Collin, must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning, when he witnesses a police shooting one night, which makes his life take a dramatic turn. His friendship with Casal’s character, Miles, is put at test, with consequences for their families, too.
The trailer opens with Diggs in the backseat of a car, trying to convince his friends, who have guns, to let him get out of the car because he doesn’t want to go behind bars again. His efforts to stay out of trouble are constantly hampered by Miles, who teases him, showing him the gun he carries. The night he sees a police officer shooting a fellow African-American living in the neighborhood, he sees his dreams of having a fresh start shattered.
The songs used in the trailer are the 2012 single “Slow Down” by American rapper from Oakland, California, Clyde Carson feat. The Team, and “I Am Defiant” by The Seige.
Blindspotting, which marks the directorial feature film of Carlos López Estrada, is scheduled to open in select theaters this summer, on July 20.