Directed by Angel Manuel Soto, the drama centers on a teen named Mouse (Queen & Slim actor Jahi Di’Allo) who’s taken under the wing of a dirt biker named Blax, played by Meek.
“You’re new to Baltimore. You gotta go to The Ride,” Mouse says to a girl who just moved to the city. “You don’t know nothing, do you? Every Sunday in the summer, everybody with a bike show out. There’s bikes as far as you can see.” According to The Wrap, The Ride is when dirt bikers in Baltimore show off their bikes, and display their tricks and prowess.
Will Catlett, Teyonah Parris, Donielle Tremaine Hansley, and Kezii Curtis also appear in the movie.
After Charm City initially premiered at Sundance, Sony Pictures signed on to release the film. Sherman Payne wrote the screenplay with support from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, Kirk Sullivan, and Chris Boyd. Together, they studied how the dirt bike scene could expose Mouse to the perils of gang life, or make sure he has a better life than his older brother, who was killed on the streets. The film is an adaption of the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith served as executive producers for the movie which lands in theaters on April 10.