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The Book of Clarence (2023)

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PG-13 129 min - Opens 12 January 2024
Adventure, Drama, Comedy
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Tagline: How far would you go to prove you're not a nobody?

Streetwise but down-on-his-luck, Clarence is struggling to find a better life for his family, while fighting to free himself of debt. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and His apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, and ultimately discovers that the redemptive power of belief may be his only way out.

Director:   Jeymes Samuel
Writers:     Jeymes Samuel
Collections:        Jeymes Samuel
Composer:       Jeymes Samuel
Cinematographer:    Rob Hardy
Original Title:      The Book of Clarence


Country:         United States of America
Language:       English, Spanish
Release Date:    12 January 2024

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Runtime:  2 h 09 min
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The movie is a contemporary, allegorical take on the biblical story of Jesus and his disciples, told through the eyes of Clarence, a down-on-his-luck man struggling to make ends meet for his family. Clarence becomes captivated by the rising Messiah (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his message of hope, and he soon finds himself caught up in the movement, risking everything to carve his own path to a divine existence.


The film boasts an impressive cast, including:

LaKeith Stanfield as Clarence
Omar Sy as Simon Peter
RJ Cyler as Judas Iscariot
Anna Diop as Mary Magdalene
David Oyelowo as Pontius Pilate
Micheal Ward as John the Baptist
Alfre Woodard as Mary, mother of Jesus
Teyana Taylor as Salome
Caleb McLaughlin as Young Clarence
Eric Kofi-Abrefa as Lazarus
Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Joanna
James McAvoy as Herod Antipas
Benedict Cumberbatch as Jesus


The Book of Clarence is written and directed by Jeymes Samuel, best known for his work on the Netflix series “The Boondocks.”
It is produced by Samuel, along with Jay-Z, James Lassiter, and Tendo Nagenda.
The film features a score by Samuel and Jay-Z, with additional music by artists like Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé.


The Book of Clarence had its world premiere at the 67th BFI London Film Festival on October 11, 2023.
It is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States on January 12, 2024.


The film has received mixed reviews from critics. Some have praised its originality and its performances, while others have criticized its tone and its pacing.
It currently holds a B- rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Additional details:

The film is rated PG-13 for strong violence, drug use, strong language, some suggestive material, and smoking.
The running time is 2 hours and 9 minutes.
The official website for the film is

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