A record number of black-led films hit theaters in 2016, and 2017 and 2018 already look poised to improve on the trend.
Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, Paula Patton and Mike Epps are set to star in the upcoming crime thriller .38.
Described as a sort of “End of Watch”-meets-“Crash,” “.38” tracks a rookie cop on the mean streets of St. Louis as he spends his first night on the job and, after a brutal killing occurs, sees up close the bonds of loyalty, work and family that bind together the cops, both black and white.
Howard will play a detective whose daughter goes missing on the fateful night.
Epps will portray a seasoned cop who has a family connection to a neighborhood gang leader and who doesn’t think much of the rookie.
Patton, who is in negotiations for the movie, will play Epps’ partner, who has to console the daughter of a murdered man but then joins other cops as they track down the killer.
Production on .38 is set to begin this May in Thomasville, Georgia.