Next 3 Diverse Dramas: 'BlackKklansman,' 'The Hate U Give,' 'Widows'

Next 3 Diverse Dramas: 'BlackKklansman,' 'The Hate U Give,' 'Widows'

Jul 23, 2018

The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington's first sequel, The Equalizer 2 (above), proved once again that audiences will respond to a good movie featuring a diverse cast, as evidenced at the box office this weekend. Here are three more upcoming releases that showcase a diverse cast of actors in dramas that sound uncompromising and disruptive.

BlackKklansman

Produced by Jordan Peele and directed by Spike Lee, the film electrified audiences at the Cannes Film Festival when it debuted there in May. It's based on a true story, following Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African-American police detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as he sets out on a mission to expose the Ku Klux Klan.

He enlists the assistance of his more experienced (and Jewish) colleague (Adam Driver) in the police department, who goes undercover on behalf of Stallworth. Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Topher Grace (Under the Silver Lake) also star. BlackKklansman will open in theaters on August 10.

The Hate U Give

Amandla Stenberg gained a lot of new fans last year when she starred in the sweet romantic drama Everything, Everything as a teenager with a rare medical condition that keeps her indoors and away from strangers. Now in The Hate U Give, she plays a young woman who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend by a police officer. She is forced to deal with incredible pressure from all sides of her community.

Anthony Mackie, Regina Hall and Common also star. The charged drama is set for theatrical release on October 19.

Widows

Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo star as women who have nothing in common. Except, that is, for a large debt left behind by their husbands, who were all slain while carrying out their criminal activities. The women take fate into their own hands and decide to forge their own future.

Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver and Robert Duvall also star. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) directed. Look for the crime drama in theaters on November 16.

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