Damon Wayans, Pam Grier and more have been cast in the noir thriller Cinnamon for Tubi, Fox’s free streaming service. They will star opposite previously cast Hailey Kilgore, David Iacono and Jeremie Harris.
Cinnamon follows a struggling small-town gas station attendant and aspiring (and truly gifted) singer, Jodi Jackson (Kilgore), whose life is sent into a tailspin when there’s a robbery at work.
Wayans will portray Wally, the owner of the convenience store that gets robbed. He’s a businessman who also owns a used car lot that has made him a fixture on local TV commercials. Wally is deeply in debt to James and Mama; he borrowed money from them to start his businesses, is badly over-extended, and has been aggressively cooking the books to give himself a better lifestyle and maximize his profits (by cheating his partners).
Grier will play Mama, the undisputed head of her family’s criminal organization, whose son James (Harris) executes her wishes. Harris’ James is a young gangster in the drug running business. Iacono is playing Eddie, Jodi’s fiercely devoted hustler boyfriend turned music manager.
Cinnamon is the first movie in production under Tubi’s recently announced film deal with Village Roadshow Pictures to produce multiple films from its “Black Noir Cinema” initiative. Rising filmmaker Bryian Keith Montgomery Jr. is directing from his script, with Kevin Garnett producing via his Content Cartel, alongside Oz Scott.
Montgomery Jr. is an African-American filmmaker from Los Angeles who created the brand, ALT-Horror, to address racism, violence, and toxic masculinity in American culture by reframing contemporary stories as farce and satire. Fox’s streaming service, Tubi, is home to over 35,000 movies and TV shows, including a growing library of Tubi originals, 65+ local and live news and sports channels, and 250+ entertainment partners, featuring content from nearly every major Hollywood studio.
The film currently in production in Atlanta.