Lamar Johnson, Aaron Pierre, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Kiana Madeira are all cast in the feature drama Brother.
Set in Toronto’s early hip hop scene, the film follows Francis and Michael (Pierre and Johnson), sons of Caribbean immigrants, who are maturing into young men during the sweltering summer of 1991. Escalating tensions set off a series of events that change the course of the brothers’ lives forever.
Clement Virgo penned Brother and is directing the film which is based on David Chariandy’s novel of the same name.
“I feel a deeply personal connection to David Chariandy’s novel, Brother, and the characters who populate that world,” said director/writer Virgo. “Lamar Johnson, Aaron Pierre, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Kiana Madeira are the ideal cast to convey the essence of each of these characters and bring out their internal lives to share with audiences.”
Damon D’Oliveira of Conquering Lion Pictures and Aeschylus Poulos and Sonya Di Rienzo of Hawkeye Pictures are producing the drama. While Aaron L. Gilbert and Steven Thibault of Bron as well as Laurie May and Noah Segal of Elevation Pictures are executive producing.
The pic will be distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures. Foreign sales will be handled by Bron Releasing. Filming will run through October 26. A theatrical release is planned for fall 2022.
The movie is being made with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, Ontario Creates and the Shaw Rocket Fund and in association with Bell Media’s Crave and CBC Films.
The film is currently filming in and around Toronto.