According to Boots Riley, his critically-acclaimed debut Sorry to Bother You could have had a leading man other than Lakeith Stanfield.
In a conversation with writer Doreen St. Félix at the Directors Guild theater this weekend, Riley said: “The first person of note that was helping us get financing, who said they wanted to play the lead was actually Jordan Peele. Then he directed Get Out and was like, ‘I don’t want to act anymore.'” His next thought was Donald Glover. Riley said Glover was into the film, but the actor cautioned that he may get a role in Star Wars and then he’d have to wait after that and Atlanta season 2. But Riley told him that, “We don’t know what’s going to happen to the money by then.”
Riley admits finding someone to step into the lead role of Cassius was a hard job. “If you are to imagine a certain actor playing a role, probably there’s a very narrow breadth, even with great actors,” he said. But once they found Lakeith Stanfield, they had their guy.
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