John Boyega and Michael K. William Face Off In Abi Damaris Corbin’s ‘Breaking’
In one of his final film roles, Michael K. Williams stars alongside John Boyega in Breaking, a new hostage drama directed by Abi Damaris Corbin.
The film, which was originally titled 892, is an intense look at a former Marine (Boyega) who holds a bank hostage to draw attention to his treatment by Veteran Affairs. Things ramp up when the primary hostage negotiator is played by Williams, arguably giving one of his most defining performances before his untimely passing.
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Without giving away the full plot, Boyega lets most of his hostages go while controlling the bank employees — Nicole Beharie and Selenis Leyva – and must try not to lose himself in the chaos. Meanwhile, Williams’ character has to balance de-escalating the situation and keeping the police pressure from mounting.
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As when it was 892, the film was developed with Jonathan Majors in mind in a central role. The Lovecraft County actor was forced to withdraw from the role due to scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Marvel movie, Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania.
Breaking, which was one of the breakout films during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, earned rave reviews for both its acting and direction. The film is scheduled to be released on Aug. 26.
You can watch the trailer below.