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Rosario Dawson and Sam Adegoke join Talia Lugacy’s Dark Days & Dawn

Photos: Talia Lugacy, Sam Adegoke, Rosario Dawson, Kamau Ware

Acoustic Pictures, Witchcraft Motion Picture Company and Kamau Studios announced today that Rosario Dawson (the upcoming Disney + series “Ahsoka”) and Sam Adegoke (“Dynasty”) have joined the cast of director Talia Lugacy (This Is Not a War Story)’s latest film Dark Days & the Dawn, from a screenplay co-written by Lugacy and Kamau Ware (the founder of Black Gotham Experience (BGX) and Kamau Studios).

The film is a uniquely crafted genre-bender that walks the line between horror and history. Set over the course of one night and into daybreak, the film tells the story of Maria Del Sol (Dawson) and Samuel (Adegoke), a couple who have been together for four hundred and sixty years and have finally hit their breaking point. This night will be their last on earth.

Lugacy and Ware collaborated on the script for Dark Days & the Dawn, penning characters written specifically for Dawson and Adegoke.

Lugacy produces under her Acoustic Pictures banner alongside Noah Lang for Witchcraft Motion Picture Company, and Kamau Ware for Kamau Studios. Cassian Elwes and Tom Culliver executive produce for Elevated Films. The film will shoot in Savanah, Georgia later this year.

Lugacy, Dawson, Adegoke, and Lang reunite having previously collaborated on This Is Not a War Story which was acquired by HBOmax and nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards. Lugacy and Dawson also previously collaborated on Descent which was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Festival.

Says Dawson, “Talia and I have been collaborators and friends for nearly two decades at this point. Dark Days & the Dawn in many ways has been a long time coming. It’s a meditation on this fractured moment, that is anchored by performance and visual style. I can’t wait to get started.”

Adds Adegoke, “I count This Is Not a War Story as one of the most impactful experiences of my life both as an actor and on a personal level. When Talia told me she wanted to work hand-in-hand developing this film together, I didn’t hesitate for even a second. Our mutual trust is unwavering and I believe this is just a second step in a long road of collaboration together.”

Adds, Lugacy, “I have to create from a personal place and make work with something to say and an urgent need to say it. Dark Days & the Dawn is a fever dream of performance, visual language and hallucinatory atmosphere with a beating heart never more relevant than right now. Co-writing with Kamau has been among the most gratifying experiences of my life and knowing what we intend to accomplish by making this film fills me with determination and the best kind of impatience.”

The project was previously a recipient of a grant from WarnerMedia’s OneFifty who partnered with the filmmakers on the distribution of This Is Not a War Story.

Dawson is represented by CAA and Untitled, Adegoke by A3 and Untitled, and Lugacy by Untitled.

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