Winning a Sundance award doesn’t necessarily guarantee a movie’s commercial success, but winning two, plus being selected for the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes should be a different story. And for Ryan Coogler’s highly acclaimed directorial feature debut, “Fruitvale Station” (formerly just “Fruitvale”), chances are it really is going to be a different story.
The true event-inspired drama is to be distributed by The Weinstein Company and, as part of what we think is going to be a push for a wide theatrical release, but also an Oscar campaign, the first trailer has been posted online.
The 2 minute-long clip focuses mostly on Michael B. Jordan, the 26 year-old that we’re hearing has killed it in his “Chronicle” follow-up. Jordan has long been seen as a promising Hollywood youngster, starring in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights and on the big screen in “Red Tails”.
Octavia Spencer, already an Oscar winner for “The Help”, seems to have a fairly pivotal and demanding role in “Fruitvale Station” too, but there are also a few other familiar faces in the cast – Kevin Durand (“Real Steel”), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and Ahna O’Reilly (“The Help”).
The movie is produced by another Oscar victor, Forest Whitaker, and is for now scheduled to limitedly enter US theaters come July 12.