IFC released the trailer for the upcoming film The Land today and from the looks of this first glimpse it should not fly under anybody’s radar. Besides the fact that the film looks solid enough on its own merits, the project is being produced by hip-hop legend Nas and looks to be something truly special.
The official summary from IFC Films reads:
Teenage buddies Cisco, Boobie, Junior, and Patty Cake skateboard the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, dreaming of getting discovered by a sponsor and skating their way out of poverty. That is until the boys discover a bag full of pills in the back of a stolen car. Cisco’s entrepreneurial instincts take over, and in a flash their lives get better. But no one counted on having to come face to face with the cold, calculating, and notorious drug queenpin, “Momma,” who runs the toughest gang in town.
Director Steven Caple Jr. makes an auspicious debut with this atmospheric film filled with pitch-perfect performances by an ensemble cast, including newcomer Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Linda Emond, who is bone chilling as Momma. More than a crime drama, THE LAND is a beautifully rendered story about friendship, values, and what it means for disaffected youth to come of age on the streets of Cleveland.
While the film’s leads are mostly unknowns, the trailer does feature cameos and supporting roles from a number of known quantities. Everyone from The Wire’s Michael K. Williams to Sons of Anarchy‘s Kim Coates to rapper Machine Gun Kelly (who’s looking okay after his run-in with WWE Superstar Kevin Owens) appear throughout the course of the trailer. The film will also feature new music from Nas, Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana, and a number of other acclaimed rappers. Look for The Land in theaters and on VOD July 29th of this year.
Source: IFC Films