Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American science fiction comedy film written and directed by Boots Riley, in his directorial debut. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer. Set in Oakland, California, the film follows a young African-American telemarketer who adopts a white accent in order to thrive at his job.
The film showed at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018. It is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 6, 2018, by Annapurna Pictures.
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, Cassius “Cash” Green is having a rough life – living in his uncle’s garage and struggling to find a job. Strapped for cash and desperate, he lands a position as a telemarketer, but has difficulty getting people to listen to him – until he discovers a magical key to customers’ attention: using his “white voice”. Cash quickly rises to the top of the telemarketing hierarchy, but risks losing sight of his morals as he achieves greater and greater success.
In a dystopian, not-too-distant future, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe of material glory. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company’s cocaine-snorting CEO Steve Lift, who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams
Initial release: July 6, 2018 (USA) Director: Boots Riley Screenplay: Boots Riley Distributed by: Annapurna Pictures Producers: Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Charles King, George Rush, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Glenn Williams Music composed by: tUnE-yArDs, The Coup