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Netflix Teases Sundance Prize-Winner ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ with Chanté Adams and Mahershala Ali — Watch

The film, once set for Neon distribution, features music by the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.

Mahershala Ali Chanté Adams "Roxanne, Roxanne"

Mahershala Ali and Chanté Adams in “Roxanne, Roxanne”


2017 Sundance favorite “Roxanne Roxanne” is finally getting a worldwide release. Soon after star Chanté Adams won the festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance, Neon acquired the feature for $3 million. However, it’s now making its debut on Netflix instead.

Set in Queens during the ’80s, the second feature from “Cronies” writer-director Michael J. Larnell charts the rise of real-life teenage rap prodigy Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden. With help from producer Marley Marl, Gooden wrote her first hit, “Roxanne’s Revenge,” a track some say was freestyled between laundry loads (it was later captured in a single take). The song was a response to U.T.F.O.’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” — which criticized a woman named Roxanne — and was ranked number 84 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the greatest songs in hip-hop history. Gooden went on to record three albums between 1989 and 1995.

“Moonlight” Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali plays Gooden’s love interest, a hustler named Cross who earns a tongue-lashing in the trailer from Gooden’s disapproving mother (Nia Long). Adam Horovitz — aka “Ad-Rock” from the Beastie Boys — also co-stars.

“Roxanne, Roxanne” arrives on Netflix March 23 and features music composed by Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA. Producers include Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi of “Fruitvale Station,” “Dope,” and “Sorry to Bother You.”

Watch the trailer below.

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