The trailer for Spike Lee’s newest feature film dropped today, and Da 5 Bloods looks set to garner the well-known director even more praise amongst fans and history buffs alike.
The war epic will tell the story of four African American Vietnam War veterans who return to Vietnam to find the remains of a fellow fallen soldier, played by Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman, and the gold they buried together. The ensemble cast is led by Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
The trailer, set to “Time Has Come Today” by The Chambers Brothers, appears true to Lee’s form. Interspersed with archival footage from the Vietnam War and other historical moments surrounding it, such as the resignation of President Richard Nixon, Da 5 Bloods looks to confront the many controversies associated with the war. The film also investigates the role of race relations in the 1960s and their relationship with US militarism.
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The film is directed by Lee and co-written by Lee, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, and Kevin Willmot. This marks Lee’s third collaboration with Wilmott. The pair share an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for their work on BlacKkKlansman. If their previous work is any indication of what’s to come, the film is sure to be a fantastic and unapologetic interrogation of its subject matter.
Check out the trailer below now, and be sure to watch it on Netflix when it arrives on June 12.
Featured still of 'Da 5 Bloods' via 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks