The Peanut Butter Falcon lead actor may seem unfamiliar, but his place in cinema is incredibly important.
Diversity and equal representation in cinema have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Like all industries, the film industry is home to a number of inequalities which many are currently striving to target and resolve, with results ever-evident.
Blockbuster cinema, in particular, has exhibited leaps as of late. With such heavy-hitters as Marvel Studios highlighting the importance of inclusion, audiences are embracing progress.
Of course, blockbuster cinema is destined to draw the most attention; however, it’s indie cinema which continues to take the biggest steps.
The Peanut Butter Falcon cast
This delightful new film premiered at South by Southwest earlier this year in March and was met enthusiastically by both audiences and critics alike.
The whimsical adventure flick tells the story of a boy with Down syndrome who escapes his home to pursue dreams of becoming a wrestler.
It’s the directorial feature debut of both Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, yet, you wouldn’t think so when considering the stellar cast assembled for the project.
The Peanut Butter Falcon features the likes of Shia LaBeouf (American Honey), Dakota Johnson (Suspiria), Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and even musician Yelawolf.
The arrival of Zack Gottsagen
All of the performers previously mentioned are terrific, but all eyes will be on Zack Gottsagen when The Peanut Butter Falcon finally reaches the masses.
Tackling the central role of young runaway Zak, the actor himself has Down syndrome. It’s not often you see performers with this condition take centre-stage in cinema, but fortunately, films like this are working to platform wonderful talents such as Zack Gottsagen.
In terms of prior experience, he starred in the 2012 comedy-drama short-Bulletproof alongside the likes of David Arquette (Bone Tomahawk, Scream).
So, this forthcoming treat will mark his feature-film debut; we expect we’ll see much more of him in the near future once it reaches cinemas.
Zack Gottsagen, Global’s Q Award Winner, stars alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson in #ThePeanutButterFalcon!— Global Down Syndrome (@GDSFoundation) March 21, 2019
Zack says, “We believe this movie will change the world views of people with #Downsyndrome.” Help us change the world for good! CLICK: https://t.co/NWeq74cCMM pic.twitter.com/UYLAONKtuH
Do we have a date?
It’s scheduled for release on Friday, August 9th, 2019 in the United States.
Sadly, the film hasn’t received a UK release date as of yet, but we’ll be sure to deliver the update once it does!
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