The first trailer has dropped for American Fiction, starring Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Erika Alexander, Issa Rae and Sterling K. Brown. The film, directed by Cord Jefferson in his feature debut, will be released in select theaters through MGM and Orion on Dec. 15, with a wide release on Dec. 22.
American Fiction is based on the novel Erasure by Percival Everett and follows a struggling writer confronting the ideas American society has about race while trying to achieve fame. The film won The People’s Choice Award at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.
The trailer features Wright’s Thelonius “Monk” Ellison as he navigates the world of publication as a frustrated writer who is tired of the system that profits off of Black stereotypes and decides to use the system to his advantage.
Here is the official description:
AMERICAN FICTION is Cord Jefferson’s hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.
American Fiction also stars Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody and John Ortiz.
Executive producers include Everett, Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman. Jefferson, Jermaine Johnson, Nikos Karamigios, and Ben LeClair serve as producers. American Fiction is distributed by Orion Pictures and MRC with T-Street, Almost Infinite and 3 Arts Entertainment producing.
Watch the trailer below: