Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee and Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman are officially teaming up for a new project set in the era of the Vietnam War. Lee, of course, is one of the five nominations for Best Director at this year’s Academy Awards. He earned the honor thanks to his ridiculously good effort on BlackKklansman, which starred John David Washington and Adam Driver, who also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Boseman has been in the spotlight for the last year, as he led Marvel’s Black Panther into dozens of award consideration, while also being front-and-center in the massive Avengers: Infinity War. Their collaboration will no doubt turn some heads.
The war drama, which will be titled Da 5 Bloods, will be set in the time following Vietnam and follow a group of veterans who are dealing with one another as they search for the remains of a fellow solider, as well as some hidden gold. As of right now, Lee has also courted Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno to co-star in the project. While Boseman is a headlining name, the report states that he will serve in a key supporting role, more than likely the son of one of the four main leads. As who could possibly round out those three final spots? Thanks to Jeff Sneider at Collider, he has stated that he’s “heard” that Lee could be hunting down Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle and Giancarlo Esposito as the remaining bloods still alive, as the description states one of them died in Vietnam. That would be a freaking cast, wouldn’t it?
This sounds like an incredibly interesting project. I haven’t even mentioned that the film seems to be headed towards Netflix, which unlike just a few years ago, is a huge bright light of confidence on any project. Lee is one of those unique filmmakers who rarely has handcuffs on his films, and that will continue to not be the case on this one.
I’ve always made sure to let everyone know how much of a sucker I am for war stories, whether they’re true or false. I typically have a love/hate relationship with Lee and his films, but after what he accomplished with BlackKklansman last year, I couldn’t be more excited to see how this project turns out. I love the story idea and I absolutely love the kind of actors Lee is eyeing for the roles as well.
No official release date has been announced as of yet, but production on the film is set to begin after the year’s awards season is over, seeing it up for a release next year. What do you think of this story? Does it sound as interesting to you as it does me? How do you like the cast so far and do you want to see those other names added? Leave all your comments, questions and concerns in the comments below!