Tubi, the streaming platform, is gearing up for the release of four electrifying new original thrillers under the banner of Black cinema, all brought to life by Footage Films. The captivating quartet includes: “The Assistant,” “Best Friend,” “You’re Not Alone,” and “No Way Out.”
Each of these riveting thrillers is helmed by the acclaimed director Christopher B. Stokes, known for his work on titles like “You Got Served” and “The Stepmother.” Stokes, alongside Marques Houston, collaboratively crafted the scripts for these cinematic gems and also takes on the role of executive producer alongside Footage Films president Juanita Stokes. Notably, Tubi has previously partnered with Footage Films to create several original films, such as “The Stepmother” and “The Stepmother 2.”
The Assistant introduces us to Dr. Raven Fields (Erica Mena), a physician grappling with an overwhelming workload. In her quest for assistance, she recruits a young, cheerful assistant. Initially, everything seems perfect, but what starts as help soon transforms into an unsettling obsession, endangering not only her career but her life. Alongside Erica Mena, the film features an ensemble cast, including Parker McKenna Posey, Flex Alexander, Erica Hubbard, Ray Cunningham, Herb Kimble, and Billi King. Mark your calendars for the premiere on January 20.
Best Friend delves into the longstanding friendship of Trisha Freeman (Serayah McNeil) and Jamie Dawson (Marques Houston). Their deep connection has always been platonic, until Trisha embarks on a new romantic journey. Consumed by jealousy, Jamie strives to keep Trisha apart from her newfound love interest, leading to a tumultuous exploration of their bond. The star-studded cast includes Serayah McNeil, Marques Houston, Blue Kimble, Tremayne Norris, Wesley Jonathan, Ashley Martelle, and Stephanie Acevedo. Lee Tiffith, Kanika McNeil, and Serayah also step in as executive producers. Don’t miss the premiere on February 24.
You’re Not Alone unfolds as Keith Mitchell (Michael Jai White), on a delayed flight home from a business trip, leaves his daughter Alexis (Precious Way) alone at home under house arrest. Things take a sinister turn when Keith, in mid-flight with a WiFi connection, spots a stranger entering their home on the security system. With WiFi dropping abruptly, he’s left powerless at 30,000 feet while his daughter’s life hangs in the balance. Alongside Michael Jai White and Precious Way, the film boasts a stellar ensemble, including Erica Mena, Justin Sweat, Earanequa Carter, Vincent Rivera, Tamera Kissen, Mike Hill, Paul Logan, Robinne Lee, King, and Keith Sweat, who also assumes the role of executive producer. Prepare for the suspenseful premiere on March 24.
No Way Out centers on Brian Nelson (Marques Houston), a former attorney grappling with the aftermath of a traumatic and tragic event. When drug dealer Anthony Santiago (Beau Casper Smart) coerces Brian into defending him in a double murder trial, Brian discovers that the case is far more complex and morally ambiguous than it initially appears. Joining Marques Houston and Beau Casper Smart in the cast are Lyrica Anderson and Cassidey Fralin. Beau Casper Smart also serves as a co-producer. Mark your calendars for the premiere on March 29.
As Tubi continues to champion diversity and innovation in storytelling, these original Black cinema thrillers promise to captivate audiences with their intense narratives and exceptional performances. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of suspense, drama, and intrigue.