Sundance Film Festival winner of the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast, Charm City Kings premieres on Tuesday, 9 March at 9pm on HBO GO and HBO (Astro Ch 411 HD). In this stirring coming-of-age film, Mouse (Di’Allo Winston) desperately wants to join The Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets.
When Midnight’s leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes 14-year-old Mouse under his wing, Mouse soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence.
Charm City Kings is directed by Angel Manuel Soto (“The Farm”) and written by Sherman Payne (“Shameless”), with a story by Chris Boyd (“The First Padres”) & Kirk Sullivan and Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”).
The film is produced by Caleeb Pinkett (“After Earth”), Clarence Hammond (“Sprinter”) and Marc Bienstock (“Split”). Jada Pinkett Smith (“Annie”), Will Smith (“Bad Boys for Life”) and James Lassiter (“I Am Legend”) executive produced through their company Overbrook Entertainment.
Sony Pictures Classics was set to release the film in theaters for Sony Pictures Entertainment on April 10, 2020. Check out the trailer here.
Charm City Kings Synopsis
In West Baltimore, every Sunday in the summer is dedicated to The Ride, an electrifying ritual in which the city’s dirt bikers take to the streets to show off their finest bikes and wildest stunts. But as far as 14-year-old Mouse and his best friends Lamont and Sweartagawd are concerned, the only crew worth utmost respect is The Midnight Clique, an infamous group of riders who embody all the power and glory that dirt biking represents.
In the wake of his older brother and Midnight’s top rider Stro’s tragic death, Mouse is determined to leave boyhood behind and join MNC –so when its leader, the legendary Blax, takes him under his wing, Mouse quickly abandons his work at the local animal hospital and dedicates his days to fixing up bikes alongside his idol. In the background, however, his devoted mom Teri and mentor Detective Rivers grow increasingly concerned that Mouse is headed down the same seductive, violent path as Stro, whose allegiance to Midnight ultimately cost him his life.
As Blax attempts to be a positive influence on the bright and charismatic teen, Mouse’s conviction to be a man and help provide for his struggling family finds him at an impossible crossroads between the straight-and-narrow and a lifestyle that doesn’t afford second chances.
Stream or download Charm City Kings on HBO GO.