Will Smith and Wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have Executively produced ‘Sprinter under Will Smith and James Lassiters production company Overbrook Entertainment.
The film, shot on location in Jamaica, stars newcomer Dale Elliot as Akeem Sharp. Nicknamed the Rasta Rocket for his once-in-a-generation speed, Akeem is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes his rise in athletics will take him to the U.S. to reunite him with his mother, who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father, and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem’s career as a means of escaping – or perhaps enhancing – his scam artist hustle.
Sprinter enjoyed a UK screening yesterday at the British Film Institute as part of BFI Southbank’s ongoing African Odysseys programme, which showcases inspirational work by and about the African diaspora.
We will keep you updated about further screenings or general release date.