Youngblood Priest has been resurrected ya’ll. That’s right, Super Fly is coming back to the big screen.
Director X will produce a remake of the 1972 film which will star Trevor Jackson as Youngblood Priest. Straight Outta Compton’s, Jason Mitchell, has also been tapped to play Eddie.
Also joining the team, Future, who will produce the film and help curate the music for the project. Rapper 21 Savage will also assist in a capacity that has yet to be confirmed.
Director X posted this snapshot on Twitter this week from the group’s table read.
The classic movie follows Youngblood, originally played by Ron O’Neal, a drug dealer who is trying to step away from the world of selling cocaine. At the time, the film was labeled a blaxploitation crime drama.
“When I went back and watched the original, I was struck by how relevant the themes are,” Director X said. “The pursuit of the American Dream is eternal – everyone’s always on the hustle, because you’ve got to be… and Superfly is about pulling off the ultimate hustle to get out of the game. Our goal is to make it modern – to make a movie where the style, the art direction, the camera movements are all part of what makes the movie Superfly. With this film, my goal is to honor the lineage of an iconic title that the community has loved for decades.”
He continued, “I want to honor it in a way that shows a new generation how black culture continues to be a catalyst for new trends in every area, from fashion to music. I’m also excited to be working with Future, both on the music and as a producer of the film – the original soundtrack is legendary, and that’s an inspiration for the artists that Future is working with to bring a singular modern musical vision to the film.”