With ‘Crown Heights,’ Nnamdi Asomugha’s Post-NFL Career is Off to a Strong Start — Sundance Springboard

IndieWire did a fantastic interview with Crown Heights actor and retired NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha. Read the full interview here!

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Nnamdi Asomugha has experience with rabid crowds, armchair critics, and the pressure of performing under an intense national spotlight. He did just wrap up his first opening weekend at Sundance, after all. (Oh, and he also played for 10 years in the National Football League.)

The former cornerback shines in Matt Ruskin’s debut film “Crown Heights,” which follows the true story of Collin Warner and Carl King, two friends bonded by decades of friendship in the face of false imprisonment. Asomugha plays King, a New York City process server who spent the better part of 20 years trying to exonerate Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) after the latter was framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

Even amidst a stellar ensemble, which also features Stanfield, Bill Camp and Brian Tyree Henry, the film really comes alive when Asomugha is the main focus. Portraying King’s gradual, methodical amateur sleuthing is the kind of patient character work that independent film thrives on. Though Asomugha is a producer on the film, this is far from a vanity project. His performance as King is subtle, grounded, and engaging — everything an attention-seeking debut isn’t.

Daniel Bergeron

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Sundance 2017: 13 Talents Poised to Break Out At This Year’s Festival

IndieWire has featured our dear friend, collaborator, and founder of iam21 Entertainment Nnamdi Asomugha as a breakout star this year. Read the full article here.

"Nnamdi Asomugha has been on American screens for the better part of the last two decades. But a few years removed from an 11-season NFL career, Asomugha has chosen a distinct venue for launching a film career. Asomugha has popped up in a few places (a guest spot on “Friday Night Lights” here, a small role in “Hello, My Name is Doris” there), even playing himself in an extra-surreal “Kroll Show” segment. As both producer and co-star of Matt Ruskin’s “Crown Heights,” the 35-year-old Asomugha will play Carl King, who investigated the conviction of his childhood friend, despite having no formal legal training. With much of the heavy lifting of the film (one based on a true story, no less), it’s an audacious move for a first-time film star."
Daniel Bergeron

Daniel Bergeron