Scheduled to make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month is George Tillman Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, which stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie, Jordin Sparks, and Jeffrey Wright, in a drama that sees Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mother whose arrest forces her son and his best friend to fend for themselves.
The script was penned by Michael Starrbury, whose credits include the 2011 TV film Black Jack starring Ving Rhames, as well as a few shorts.
The film is co-produced by Alicia Keys (she’s been doing more of that lately) who co-starred with Hudson in The Secret Life of Bees.
Here’s how Sundance describes the Brooklyn-shot film:
During a sweltering summer in New York City, 14-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.
Skylan Brooks (in the photo above) leads the cast as the titular Mister, in what Sundance calls “a stunning breakout performance.” Maybe he’ll be 2013’s Quvenzhané Wallis.
Here are some official first-look images from the film (the one above, and the one below).