Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films have unveiled the release date and trailer for We Grown Now, a coming-of-age drama from writer-director Minhal Baig (Hala) that’s currently up for three three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.
Also previously landing the Toronto Film Festival’s Changemaker Award, the film is set to open in theaters in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago on April 19 before expanding nationwide on May 10.
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Pic takes place in 1992 Chicago, as Michael Jordan solidifies himself as a champion, watching as a story of two young legends in their own right begins. As wide-eyed and imaginative best friends, Malik (Blake Cameron James) and Eric (Gian Knight Ramirez) traverse the city, looking to escape the mundaneness of school and the hardships of growing up in public housing. Their unbreakable bond is challenged when tragedy shakes their community just as they are learning to fly.
Also starring S. Epatha Merkerson, Lil Rel Howery and Jurnee Smollett, the film is produced by Baig and Joe Pirro. Exec producers include Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren for Participant, James Schamus for Symbolic Exchange, Carrie Holt de Lama, and Smollett.
Chicago native Baig is best known for her 2019 Sundance drama Hala, starring Geraldine Viswanathan as a Muslim teenager coping with the unraveling of her family, which was based on her 2016 short of the same name. Prior to that, she wrote and directed 1 Night, a romantic drama starring Anna Camp, Justin Chatwin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Kyle Allen, Kelli Berglund and more. Additionally, Baig has written on the acclaimed series BoJack Horseman and Ramy. Check out the trailer for her latest feature above.
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