American Fiction, based on Erasure by Percival Everett, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will have a theatrical release in December. The movie stars Jeffrey Wright as Monk, a novelist frustrated by the kind of stereotypical Black narratives favored in the literary world. As a joke, he writes his own over-the-top satire of this genre, titling it My Pafology. When the book not only gets a publishing contract but becomes a bestseller, he quickly gets in over his head.

The movie also stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, and Sterling K. Brown. It’s written and directed by Cord Jefferson. It won the the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. You can watch the first official trailer below.

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