Watch trailer for ‘The Sound and Fury of Rick James’; Leslie Jones joins HBO Max’s ‘Our Flag Means Death’; & more

trailer for the upcoming Rick James doc, B*tchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James has been released.

Directed by Emmy-nominee and hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins, the new feature offers an in-depth look at one of the most controversial and confrontational figures in “punk-funk” music. Known for hits songs like “Super Freak” and “Give It to Me,” James, who passed away in 2004, was a formidable figure in music during the ’70s and ’80s as a songwriter, performer and producer. According to Showtime, the doc will “present a full picture of James’ dramatic rise and fall,” as well as feature rare footage of James’incredible live shows, never-before-seen home video and original interviews with legendary artists. B*tchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James will premiere on Friday, September 3, at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

In other news, Leslie Jones has been tapped as a recurring guest star on Taika Waititi and David Jenkins‘ HBO Max pirate comedy series Our Flag Means Death, Deadline has learned. She joins Nat Faxon, who was also announced. The series follows a pampered aristocrat who “abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate.” Other stars include Kristian NairnNathan FoadSamson KayoRory KinnearCon O’NeillVico Ortiz, among others.

Finally, Charmaine BingwaGilbert OwuorMustafa Shakir and Ben Foster have joined the cast of the Antoine Fuqua-directed thriller Emancipation, Variety reports. Inspired by the true story of “Whipped Peter,” the film follows an enslaved person who emancipates himself and later joins the Union Army. As previously reported, Will Smith will star as Peter, a runaway slave who flees a Louisiana plantation in hopes of traveling north to freedom. A release date for Emancipation has yet to be announced.

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