Updated: May 11, 2020
By Kia Morgan
Red Table Talk host and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith produced on their production company Overbrook Entertainment, the Baltimore-set drama, “Charm City Kings”, a take on the 12 O’clock Boys, a 2013 documentary film on dirt bike culture.
With an all star cast, fans will get to see rapper Meek Mill take on character Blax, Teyonah Parris from Fox's Empire is the mom of the main character Jahi Di'Allo Winston who plays Mouse. I personally remember watching Will Catlett who plays Detective Rivers, on Issa Rae's Youtube show called, “First” that came out in 2014. Its good to see Will's career blossoming.
Written by Sundance Film Festival, “Mouse desperately wants to join The Midnight Clique, the infamous Baltimore dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. When Midnight's leader, Blax, 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.”
According to baltimoresun.com, “The nickname "Charm City" traces its origins only back to 1975 (Mencken died in 1956); it grew out of creative conferences among four of the city's leading advertising executives and creative directors: Dan Loden and art director Stan Paulus of VanSant/Dugdale; Herb Fried and writer Bill Evans from W. B. Donor. As leaders of the city's largest advertising agencies, they had come together at then Mayor William Donald Schaefer's request to "come up with something to promote the city. And do it now! I'm worried about this city's poor image." Mayor Schaefer had reason to worry.”
The move will hit theaters in Baltimore, Los Angeles and New York April 10, 2020 and April 17, 2020 nationwide.
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