Netflix has shared the first trailer for their new time-travel drama See You Yesterday, in which Brooklyn teenager C.J. Walker attempts to go back in time to save her brother from being shot by a police officer. Produced by Spike Lee, the movie is set to be released by the streaming giant on May 17 following its Tribeca Film Festival debut on May 3.
The trailer follows C.J. and her friend Sebastian as they engineer devices intended to enable time travel, when suddenly she's met with disaster. Her older brother Calvin is tragically shot and killed by a police officer when reaching for his phone, referencing an incident unfortunately all too familiar in real life. The sci-fi drama sees the two attempting to save her brother from ever being shot to begin with, with only a limited amount of "jumps" back in time available to them both.
Spike Lee explained to Entertainment Weekly that Stefon Bristol, who directed the movie as his debut feature, has "something to say." Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, and Astro star in the Netflix original, which is based on a 2017 short of the same name. “I love superhero movies, I’ll go see the Avengers, Spider-Man, but when I leave I feel empty,” Bristol told EW.
"Escapism is great, but too much of escapism only leaves our people stagnant. There’s no more growth. What I hope to do is figure out how to take a strong message and somehow make it digestible for everybody, not just for a black audience but everybody," Bristol continued. "This is still a conflict that’s happening. Right now, understandably so, the lens of police brutality is going down a little bit in the media because we have so many other problems that we have to deal with. I still have something to say about it. It’s still here."
Watch the trailer for See You Yesterday above.