Amazon Studios has purchased the rights to Regina King's debut as a director, One Night in Miami. The film tells the story of four friends, Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown, celebrating Clay's victory over Sonny Liston to become the Wolrd Heavyweight champ in 1964. The film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Eli Goree as Cassius Clay, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown, and Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke. Supporting cast members include Lance Reddick, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Michael Imperioli, and Beau Bridges. The film is written by Kemp Powers, who is adapting from his own 2013 stage play of the same name.
One Night In Miami Synopsis
"Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the story follows a young Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center, the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay – unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws – instead spends the night at the Hampton House Motel in one of Miami's historically black neighborhoods celebrating with three of his closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people.
In One Night in Miami, Powers explores what happened during these pivotal hours through the dynamic relationship between the four men and the way their friendship, paired with their shared struggles, fueled their path to becoming the civil rights icons they are today."
Amazon is releasing later this year, looking to set up the film for awards consideration, and wisely too. This is a talented cast with even more talent behind the camera. Look for One Night in Miami to be a serious contender for awards this year.