"Superfly" Is Reimagined For A New Generation

Trevor Jackson the Perfect Choice to take on the Role of Superfly

Terri Lee-Sylvester
June 13, 2018 - 7:45 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - I don't usually get this excited about a movie review, but I'm very excited about this one.  That's because, although it's been awhile, I -- like just about everyone else in my generation -- remember the original film fondly.  The original Superfly, released in 1972, and starring Ron O'Neal in the title role, is considered a classic.  And, while it can be risky to take on such an iconic project, the 2018 version of the movie does itself proud.

Starring as Priest, aka Superfly, is Trevor Jackson, and if you don't know his name by now, trust me, you will.  Jackson is perhaps best known for his roles on "grown-ish" and "American Crime Story," but after moviegoers see him in Superfly, that's all going to change.  He's going to become an even hotter commodity.

Lex Scott Davis and Trevor Jackson in SUPERFLY.

While the original movie took place in Harlem, this version takes place in Atlanta.

Antwan "Big Boi" Patton stars as the city's mayor.

"The sound that's imbedded inside Atlanta, you know, from the early days of Outkast, with "Player's Ball," that has a Curtis Mayfield-feel to it, "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik," the album, it kinda, it matches up, you know what I mean, with where they wanna bring it into current times," Patton said.

Jason Mitchell, who starred as Easy-E in "Straight Outta Compton," and more recently "Mudbound," stars as Eddie, Superfly's right hand man.

"Priest has this idea in his mind that he's gonna get outta the game and everything is gonna be A-OK and he's gonna have two wives and it's all gonna be be like all Skittles and Quinoa, but Eddie has more of a grip on life," Mitchell said of his character. "He realizes we've made more money in the last four months, than we've made in the last four years."

Anyone who's seen the original Superfly already has an idea what this movie is about.  And, if you liked it, you're probably already making plans to see it.  If you're not familiar with the movie, trust me, you'll like it.  Director X took his big bag of tricks from his extensive list of music videos and put them and much more to work in this film, and it paid off big.

Director X on the set of SUPERFLY

As Mitchell put it: "I'm so excited to be working with this dude!"

And I'm excited for the sequel.  Bring it on!

Superfly is rated R.

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