The trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, 2013′s big Sundance sensation, has arrived online.
Starring Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, The Wire, Chronicle) as Oscar, it relays the tragic, real-life events of December 31, 2008, which saw the 22-year-old father fall victim to extreme police brutality.
The picture claimed the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance under the name Fruitvale, and will compete in the Un Certain Regard category at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
The Weinstein Company snapped up the distribution rights for $2 million, no doubt with the intention of positioning it as the ‘little movie that could’ come Oscar time.
If Beasts of the Southern Wild could score Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Screenplay nominations at the Academy Awards, the same could likely be achieved for Fruitvale Station (particularly for up-and-comer Jordan, though in the Best Actor category, obviously).
Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer also star.
It does not yet have a local release date.