RJ Cyler, Donald Watkins, Sabrina Carpenter, and Sebastian Chacon are all starring in the comedy thriller Emergency from Amazon Studios and Temple Hill. Maddie Nichols, Madison Thompson, Diego Abraham, and Melanie Jeffcoat round out the cast.
Carey Williams is directing the film from the screenplay by KD Dávila. Emergency is a story punctuating the importance of Black Lives Matter.
The story revolves around a group of young black and Latino college students who, after facing a grave emergency during a party, struggle with their line of recourse. After the emergency takes place, the non-white students grapple with whether or not to call the police for help.
Cyler will play Sean, a college senior ready to embark on a night of partying with his best friend Kunle (Watkins) and roommate Carlos (Chacon). As they return to their apartment to pre-game, they discover a semi-conscious white girl they don’t know on the floor. This event sparks discourse amongst the friends. Kunle wants to call the cops but Sean doesn’t because he is concerned how it will look when the cops arrive.
Together, Carlos, Sean and Kunle load the girl into Sean’s van. They intend to taker her somewhere safe rather than calling the police. Meanwhile, Emma’s sister Maddy (Carpenter) realizes her sister left the party they were at. So Maddy begins to search for Emma in a drunk panic using Emma’s phone’s location.
What ensues is a chaotic, hilarious, and tension-filled chase all over town as our trio grapples with their differences while attempting to bring Emma to safety.
Emergency is based on Davila’s short film of the same name. The short picked up the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It also won the Grand Jury Award at 2018’s SXSW Film Festival.
Williams and Dávila will serve as executive producers. Filming is currently underway.