Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope was one of the best films to come out of the Sundance Film Festival this year. Critics raved over how the energetic film infused classic hip-hop beats and ’90s geek nostalgia, and how it had a John Hughes-feel to it. Open Road obtained the rights in just a matter of days after the film’s debut at the festival, and scheduled it for a summer release.
Starring Shameik Moore (Incredible Crew, The Watsons Go to Birmingham) Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Kiersey Clemons (Eye Candy, Shake It Up), Dope centers on a group of high school kids from Inglewood, CA, who must find a way to recoup money from a drug deal gone wrong or get killed.
Now a teaser trailer for the movie has appeared online, and it gives us a first look at the style, energy, music, and nostalgia you will experience while watching the film. Hit the jump to check it out.
A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
Dope‘s runtime during Sundance clocked in at 110 minutes, but in the press release, that has been shaved down to 104 minutes. While critics praised the film, they also had problems with the narrative structure and said that it dragged for a few moments. The new edit could solve some of those issues, although that remains to be seen.
The new trailer doesn’t play like a traditional one does by showing a montage of clips, instead it opens up with a sequence that looks like something you would see on tumblr then gets into showing high energy throwback that mixes color, animation, and footage.
Dope will also feature four original songs written by Pharrell Williams, who was also an executive producer for the film. Also starring Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12) and Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class, Divergent), Dope opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.