Amazon Studios has joined forces with Curzon to give Regina King’s One Night In Miami a UK theatrical release on December 26.
The historical drama will receive a limited release in the UK one day after the US and ahead of a global launch via streaming service Prime Video on January 15, 2021.
The feature directorial debut of Oscar and Emmy-winner King received its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September before screening at Toronto, the BFI London Film Festival and AFI Fest among others.
Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers wrote the screenplay based on his 2013 stage play and the ensemble cast includes Eli Goree, Leslie Odom Jr, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge.
One Night In Miami takes place on February 25, 1964 as Cassius Clay (Goree) – before he took the name Muhammad Ali – celebrates his shock world heavyweight title win over Sonny Liston with his friends Malcolm X (Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Odom Jr) and Jim Brown (Hodge).
Over the course of one night, the four black icons take stock of their lives and their role in the civil rights movement.
Producers are Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (Blindspotting), and executive producers are Jody Klein of ABKCO, King, Powers, Chris Harding and Paul O. Davis.
The awards season release chimes with Amazon’s plan to put all four actors forward for Oscar consideration – Ben-Adir and Goree as best actor, and Hodge and Odom Jr as supporting actor. Odom Jr’s original song ’Speak Free’ will also be put forward for consideration.
If King is nominated for best director, she will be the first black woman in Oscar history to receive a nod in that category.