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Jacob Latimore Pulls Off A Little Magic In New Film ‘Sleight’

Jacob Latimore in “Sleight”

Jacob Latimore is more than ready for his close-up. This triple threat is a singer, actor, and dancer who has had success in all areas of entertainment. Now, he’s starring in the new film “Sleight,” which received major buzz at Sundance.

In “Sleight,” which also stars Dulé Hill, Seychelle Gabriel, Sasheer Zamata, Storm Reid, and Cameron Esposito, Latimore plays a young street magician, Bo, who wants to make it to the top.  His dreams, however, get delayed, when he has to care for his little sister after their parents’ deaths.  He has to forgo college, and instead becomes a street magician to make money to keep a roof over their heads all the while trying to move his sister to a better neighborhood and better schools.  The burden becomes too much and Bo resorts to illegal activities to make ends meet. When he gets in too deep, he uses his magic to save his family.

Of course, Latimore had to pick up some magic. “I had no experience but I was always fascinated with magic. I got the chance to talk to some real magicians and because this was a film they shared some of their tricks with me,” he says. “As an upcoming actor, it was important for me to do a film that was sort of outside of the box and that was fun just to show that I can do a variety of things in my career.”

The “Sleight’ shoot was fast and furious. “We actually shot this move in 16 days. We really got it together and we were editing the movie on the move. We did takes and they would edit. It was put together every fast it actually it scared me because it looked so good,” recalls Latimore.

“Sleight’ is J.D. Dillard’s feature film directorial debut and now Dillard has been tapped to direct a remake of “The Fly.”

Again, acting is just one of Milwaukee-born Latimore’s many talents. In 2016, he  released his debut album,  “Connection.” Latimore has also co-starred in several major films, including “Black Nativity “ and “Ride Along.” He also appeared in the movies “The Maze Runner” and “Collateral Beauty.”

“I want them to see my range as an actor and see my range in the type of films,” says Latimore. “Coming from the music world, there is a stigma and people see you as one thing and I wanted people to see me differently and I can do these types of moves.”

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