An all-star high school athlete and accomplished debater, Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is a poster boy for the new American Dream. As are his parents (Academy Award nominees Naomi Watts and Tim Roth, who co-starred in the remake of Funny Games), who adopted him from war-torn Eritrea a decade earlier. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence.
Luce was directed by Julius Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox) and written by Onah and J.C. Lee from Lee’s play. It premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Neon will release Luce on August 2nd. Here is the first trailer.