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First Look Images At George Tillman Jr.'s 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 19, 2012 1:09 PM
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"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete."

Scheduled to make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month is George Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, which stars Adewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeJennifer HudsonAnthony MackieJordin Sparks, and Jeffrey Wright, in a drama that sees Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mother whose arrest forces her son and his best friend to fend for themselves.

The script was penned by Michael Starrbury, whose credits include the 2011 TV film Black Jack starring Ving Rhames, as well as a few shorts.

The film is co-produced by Alicia Keys (she's been doing more of that lately) who co-starred with Hudson in The Secret Life of Bees.

Here's how Sundance describes the Brooklyn-shot film:

During a sweltering summer in New York City, 14-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.

Skylan Brooks (in the photo above) leads the cast as the titular Mister, in what Sundance calls "a stunning breakout performance." Maybe he'll be 2013's Quvenzhané Wallis.

Here are some official first-look images from the film (the one above, and the one below).

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  • Ava | December 19, 2012 8:19 PMReply

    I already wanna see this.

  • K | December 19, 2012 1:33 PMReply

    Jeffrey Wright is an underrated powerhouse actor, and I'm already down for anything that features Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Hudson. Skylan's performance in the short film Duck has stayed with me, so I'm also excited to see him lead a film and really show off his natural, wonderful acting ability.

  • Sherman Brooks | December 26, 2012 11:23 AM

    I am the father of Skylan Brooks! I just wanted to thankyou for your comment about my son Skylan. Have a wonderful bless 2013

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