Watch the Official Trailer for Julius Onah’s Psychological Thriller, ‘Luce’

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The first trailer for Luce, a psychological thriller directed by Nigerian-American director, Julius Onah highlights an award-winning cast and a provocative, well-crafted teaser.

Earlier this year, the director known for his work in The Girl Is in Trouble, The Cloverfield Paradox, took his new film to Sundance movie festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Now, the film’s first trailer brings the psychological thriller to the masses ahead of its theatrical release this August through Neon and Topic.

Luce is a feature adaptation of the play by J.C. Lee, who also co-wrote the screenplay along with Onah.

The drama follows an all-star high school athlete and accomplished debater, Luce who is a poster boy for the new American Dream. As are his parents, who adopted him from his native war-torn country, Eritrea a decade earlier. But things take a whole new turn when the athlete’s teacher makes a shocking discovery in his locker. Luce’s stellar reputation is called into question.


This movie is certain to be stacked with amazing performances and is adapted from JC Lee’s acclaimed play. From the trailer, it’s evident Julius Onah has created an intense, multi-layered and deeply entertaining body of work that cracks a look at identity in today’s America.


The drama stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tim Roth, Naomi Watts, and Octavia Spencer in a psychological game of dangerous stereotypes played out in a high school.

Watch the trailer below

Photography Credits: Collider

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