Ever since Spike Lee’s BlacKKKlansman, John David Washington has consistently been a captivating screen presence who elevates his projects simply by showing up. Hell, I’ll even admit to enjoying his run as hot-headed NFL quarterback Ricky Jerret in HBO’s Entourage knock-off, Ballers. Now, the Tenet star is following up Sam Levinson’s Malcolm & Marie by returning to Netflix with the thrilling political conspiracy slash action flick: Beckett.
The story follows the titular Beckett (portrayed by John David Washington), an American tourist who becomes the target of an all-out manhunt after a devastating car accident, which occurs while vacationing in Greece with his girlfriend April (portrayed by Alicia Vikander).
Forced to run for his life and working against the clock to get across the country, seek refuge in the nearest American embassy, and clearing his name, tensions escalate as the authorities close in. And as political unrest mounts, Beckett finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a dangerous web of conspiracies.
Beckett has been helmed by Italian cinematic talent Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, who has collaborated on this one with longtime creative partner – and incidentally, former partner in a romantic sense – Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria director, Luca Guadagnino. The screenplay has been accomplished by Kevin A. Rice. Washington and Vikander will be joined by Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps, and Daphne Alexander.
Beckett starring John David Washington and Alicia Vikander will open the 74th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland early next month, before becoming available to stream via Netflix from August 13th.