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Justice Smith Joins ‘Magical’ Satire

Young queer star on the rise, Justice Smith (“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”), is taking a detour from big franchises with colons in the title — he was also in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” — and landing in a satire developed in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab. The comedy is called “The American Society of Magical Negroes” and it’s the debut feature from filmmaker Kobi Libii (who’s written and performed on Comedy Central’s “The Opposition”). It’s the story of a young man recruited into a clandestine group of magical Black people who devote themselves to making white people’s lives better. Co-starring David Alan Grier, An-Li Bogan, Drew Tarver, Michaela Watkins, Rupert Friend and Nicole Byer, Focus Features picked up the film for distribution and plans to easily upset Fox News hosts with it when it drops into theaters March 2024. We’re buying advance tickets ASAP.

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