Jamie Foxx’s ‘They Cloned Tyrone’ to Open American Black Film Festival

They Cloned Tyrone (Credit: Netflix)

The comedy caper They Cloned Tyrone, produced by and co-starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, will open the 27th American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in June, festival organizers announced Thursday.

The Netflix film also stars Golden Globe winner John Boyega and Teyonah Parris.

They Cloned Tyrone marks the directorial debut of Creed II writer Juel Taylor.

“It’s an honor and privilege to open the 27th American Black Film Festival.” Taylor said in a statement. “We had a blast making this film alongside John, Teyonah, and Jamie, and we’re excited to share it.”

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“ABFF is proud to continue its legacy of elevating emerging Black content creators,” added Nicole Friday, president and COO of ABFF Ventures. “We are thrilled to join with our partner Netflix to bring this film to our festival audience.”

Here’s the official description of the film per Netflix: “A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio (Boyega, Foxx and Parris) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy.”

In addition to Foxx, the movie is produced by Charles D. King, Stephen “Dr.” Love, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Datari Turner. Executive producers include Mark R. Wright, Kim Roth, Jack Murray, Federal Films, Dana Sano, Monte Lipman and co-executive producers James Lopez and Poppy Hanks. Juel Taylor co-wrote the script with Tony Rettenmaier.

The 27th ABFF takes place June 14–18 in Miami Beach, followed by a virtual festival from June 19-25 on ABFF PLAY.

Emmy-winning writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe is the 2023 festival ambassador.

The opening night screening of They Cloned Tyrone will be held on June 14. More details on the festival can be found here.