Last January, Carlos López Estrada’s debut feature Blindspotting premiered at Sundance. Today, Lionsgate Movies dropped the film’s trailer, a mashup of comedic Uber struggles, Oakland life and institutional corruption featuring Daveed Diggs.
Educated at the Ivy League’s Brown University, the 36-year-old Diggs starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed musical production Hamilton, portraying Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. In 2017, he appeared in Stephen Chbosky’s drama Wonder, and he also voiced the character Dos in Carlos Saldanha’s animated feature Ferdinand. On television, Diggs appeared in three episodes of the Netflix comedy series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and he’ll portray Layton Well in TNT’s Snowpiercer, a television version of Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film.
In the Blindspotting trailer, Diggs’ character, Collin, attempts to stay out of trouble during his last three days on probation, yet he’s surrounded by sketchy figures and even witnesses an associate being gunned down by police officers. Despite the comedic intro, the clip features a mostly dark color scheme, fully in tune with the inherent drama of feeling trapped within one’s own community. And if Oakland native Clyde Carson’s heavy-hitting score doesn’t leave a mark, the dialogue in the trailer’s climax most certainly will: “Everytime you come around, you monsters got me feeling like a monster in my own town.”
Following in the tradition of low-budget indie filmmaking, Diggs’ Collin breaks the fourth wall to unleash a primal scream before stating, “I ain’t no killer.” The film’s co-writer Rafael Casal has a supporting role in Blindspotting, along with Tisha Campbell-Martin, known for starring in the House Party movie franchise and the Fox sitcom Living Single.
Check out the Blindspotting trailer below and let Vague Visages know what you think.
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