Qasim Basir’s follow-up to his critically-acclaimed feature film directorial debut “Mooz-Lum,” is set to make its world premiere at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival which runs from June 1 to 9, 2016.
In the drama, titled “Destined,” a pivotal moment in 13-year-old Rasheed’s life splits off into two possible outcomes: in one, he becomes an up-and-coming architect being used by cynical real estate developers to gentrify and destroy his old neighborhood; and in the other he becomes a powerful drug lord who rules his surroundings but may regret what he’s built.
Written and directed by Basir, “Destined” stars Cory Hardrict in what’s being called a breakout, tour-de-force performance playing 2 entirely different characters in the same film.
Produced by Tommy Oliver via and his Confluential Films banner (“1982,” “Kinyarwanda”), Rick Rosenthal, and Matt Ratner, the film’s cast also includes Margot Bingham, Jesse Metcalfe, Jason Dohring, Zulay Henao, Hill Harper, La La Anthony, Paula Devicq, James McCaffrey, Mo McRae, and Robert Christopher Riley.
Co-Producers are Billy Mulligan, Codie Elaine Oliver, Eddie Rubin, and Sultan Sharrief.
Exec Producers are Tom Rau, Walter Thurmond, Cory Hardrict, Hill Harper, Hassan Golzari, Bert Kern, Arun Kumar, and Nick Morton.
I’m certainly intrigued by the concept; the parallel worlds/lives angle is attractive and I’m looking forward to seeing how Qasim builds this universe, as the story unfolds on screen.
The film has its world premiere screening on Monday, June 6 at 9pm.
No trailer yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing some footage from this.
Hardrict most recently booked a role in Hulu’s new pilot “When the Street Lights Go On,” which is adapted from the Black List feature script by writers Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe. He will also be seen in the Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me,” as well as the sci-fi actioner “Spectral,” and more, all eyeing 2016 releases. He was recently seen in Jamal Hill’s 2015 drama “Brotherly Love” which is currently streaming on Netflix.