LaKeith Stanfield Talks Playing Jesus in The Book of Clarence"

LaKeith Stanfield at the LA Red Carpet Premiere of THE BOOK OF CLARENCE at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on January 05, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
LaKeith Stanfield at the LA Red Carpet Premiere of THE BOOK OF CLARENCE at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on January 05, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
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LaKeith Stanfield at the LA Red Carpet Premiere of THE BOOK OF CLARENCE at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on January 05, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

On Friday, the highly anticipated Biblical epic from Jeymes Samuel, “The Book of Clarence” hits theaters.

In it, LaKeith Stanfield stars in the titular role as Clarence, a down-on-his-luck, streetwise “nobody” struggling to find a better life for his family all while fighting to free himself of debt. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and His apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, and ultimately discovers that the redemptive power of belief may be his only way out. After seeing how much influence and prestige Jesus of Nazareth is gaining, Clarence devises a plan to deceive the townsfolk and convince them that he is the new Black Jesus sent from the Lord—and also collect coins to pay off what he owes.

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“Clarence is like most of us. He has ambitions in his life. He wants bigger and better things and is willing to do what he feels is necessary to bring about that change, hoping this will bring happiness to his family and assurance within himself that he is more than what he appears to be on the surface.”

“The Book of Clarence,” starring Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Anna Diop, Omar Sy, Caleb McLaughlin, Alfre Woodard and more is in theaters everywhere now.

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