Nicole Beharie stars as Shakura Sumptor.

Juilliard graduate Nicole Beharie proved herself as one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses after starring in Channing Godfrey Peoples’ MISS JUNETEENTH as “Turquoise Jones,'' a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant.

The film premiered at Sundance in 2021 to critical acclaim and earned Beharie a Gotham Award win for her performance, as well as an Indie Spirit Award nomination. Her performance was also featured in Time Magazine’s 10 Best Movie Performances of 2020.

Up next, Beharie can be seen in BREAKING, a thriller following the devastating true story of Brian Brown-Easley, a disgruntled Marine veteran who held up an Atlanta Wells Fargo Bank out of desperation to bring attention to his plight after not receiving his monthly disability check of $892. The film also stars John Boyega, Michael K Williams, and Connie Britton, and premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2022 where the ensemble cast was honored with the Special Jury Award. Bleecker Street quickly nabbed streaming rights and is planning a late-summer release in theaters nationwide.

Also at Sundance 2022, Beharie could be seen in HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL. One of the breakout hits of the film festival, HONK FOR JESUS was picked up for distribution by Focus Features, the streaming service Peacock, and Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions with a day-and-date release in theaters and on Peacock. The actress stars in this indie comedy alongside Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown. Additional feature credits include 42, SHAME, AMERICAN VIOLET and MONSTERS AND MEN.

In television, Beharie can most recently be seen in Amazon’s anthology series SOLOS and the HBO limited series SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE starring opposite Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. She can also be seen in the Hulu limited series LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE and the “Striking Vipers” episode of the hit Netflix series BLACK MIRROR. Previously, Nicole starred on the FOX supernatural series SLEEPY HOLLOW for three years.

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September 2, 2022

About the Film
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Director's Statement: Adamma Ebo

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Regina Hall stars as Trinitie Childs.

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Sterling K. Brown stars as Lee-Curtis Childs.

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Nicole Beharie stars as Shakura Sumptor.

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Conphidance stars as Keon Sumptor.

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Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. started its life as a feature film script while writer and director Adamma Ebo was completing her MFA in Directing at UCLA in 2015.

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One of the key evolutions from the original feature script was the inclusion of Shakura and Keon Sumptor - played by Nicole Beharie and Conphidance - the up-and-coming, younger co-pastors of Heaven’s House, where many of the Childs’ congregation now go to worship.

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Some of the most memorable scenes in Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. involve style, music, and dance. Given how important fashion is to Baptist Church culture, the clothes and hats were integral to the story being told, especially given the wealth that the Childs have accumulated from donations and gifts.

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When it came to casting Trinitie’s larger-than-life husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, the journey to find the right actor to portray a charismatic pastor ill at ease with himself, took a slightly more winding path.

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When they asked who Adamma saw in the role of Trinitie Childs, she remembers saying, “a Regina Hall type,” not daring to dream that they would actually land Regina Hall.

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Adamma Ebo [l] and Adanne Ebo

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Given the script’s unique blend of comedy coupled with the subject matter of a scandal serious enough to warrant the loss of the majority of the Childs’ congregation, striking the right balance for the film was incredibly important to everyone involved.