From Academy Award winner Spike Lee comes a new joint: the story of four African American vets who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes battle forces of man and nature – while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of the Vietnam War.
The Netflix film, announced earlier this year, will star Chadwick Boseman. Now, the streaming giant has announced the supporting cast that will join him onscreen.
Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Mélanie Thierry and Jasper Pääkkönen will join Boseman, alongside Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Paul Walter Hauser and Jean Reno.
The film is written by Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo, Matt Billingsly, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee, with Lloyd Levin (Hellboy), Beatriz Levin, Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games Franchise) and Lee all credited as producers.
Da 5 Bloods marks Netflix’s fourth collaboration with Lee. He previously wrote and directed She’s Gotta Have it, which is currently in post-production on it’s second season; and directed Roger Guenveur Smith’s one man show Rodney King for Netflix. Lee is also in post-production on the time-travel feature film See You Yesterday, which he is producing for Netflix.
Da 5 Bloods: Chadwick Boseman to star in Spike Lee’s Netflix film
14th February 2019
Spike Lee is heading back to Netflix for his next film, and he’s bringing movie royalty with him.
Chadwick Boseman, Mr. Black Panther himself, will star in Lee’s new film, Da 5 Bloods.
The drama is the latest project from the BlacKkKlansman helmer, who is fresh from a BAFTA win and is up for multiple Oscars this month. Boseman, too, is part of the awards race, after Panther was named Best Ensemble by the Screen Actors Guild, and with the Marvel flick also up for Best Picture.
Da 5 Bloods follows a group of Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence. It is written by Lee and his BlacKkKlansman co-writer Kevin Willmott, based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo (which was, in turn, rewritten by Matthew Billingsly).
The film is produced by Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin and Jon Kilik, alongside Lee. In front of the camera, Boseman will be joined by Delroy Lindo, currently stealing ever scene in CBS’ The Good Fight, and Jean Reno.
The film marks a reunion between Lee and Netflix, after he has teamed up with two NYU protégés for travel movie See You Yesterday and adapted his first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It, into a TV series for the streamer.