Based on a popular YouTube series, Blue Story is the controversial new crime drama from the UK. Written and directed by Rapman, the thriller stars Stephen Odubola and Micheal Ward as Timmy and Marco, best friends at a high school in Peckham from different sides of the tracks. When Marco gets jumped by some of Timmy's gang member pals, it kicks off a deadly rift between them and real-life gangs Peckham Boys and Ghetto Boys.
The film was released to acclaim in the UK last year, but was also the source of much controversy. At a screening in Birmingham, a machete fight broke out, prompting some theaters to cancel the rest of their showings. Even during filming, Rapman had trouble getting agreements to shoot in the neighborhoods he wanted given the violence of the film. Still, the film earned a tidy profit and Micheal Ward later won the BAFTA Rising Star Award, beating out the likes of Awkwafina and Kelvin Harrison, Jr.
Check out the trailer below.
Blue Story hits select U.S. theaters on Friday, March 20.