Tessa Thompson as Detroit and Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius Green star in Boots Riley’s SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, an Annapurna Pictures release. Photo credit: Annapurna Pictures.
Sorry to Bother You, the debut feature film from Oakland artist-activist Boots Riley, is set in alternative present-day, dystopian Oakland, when Cassius Green (played by Lakeith Stanfield) starts work at a telemarketing firm. Strapped for some green and a purpose, Cassius quickly rises in the ranks to power-caller status after a co-worker (played by Danny Glover) taps him into using his “white voice” (borrowed from David Cross and Patton Oswalt). He’s bumped into the airy offices upstairs as his fellow workers organize a protest contesting corporate oppression.