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Trailer For Spike Lee's Vietnam War Movie Da 5 Bloods Has Dropped

Trailer For Spike Lee's Vietnam War Movie Da 5 Bloods Has Dropped

The trailer has finally dropped for Spike Lee's new flick, Da Five Bloods, and it looks seriously intense.

Set to land on Netflix next month (12 June), the movie boasts an ensemble cast, including the likes of Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Jonathan Majors (Hostiles), Delroy Lindo (Gone in 60 Seconds), and Clarke Peters (The Wire).

It tells the story of a group of vets who served in the Vietnam War and who return to the country decades later to recover the body of their dead squad leader and the treasure buried with him.

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The trailer flits between footage of the group as young men serving in the infamous war and them much older, once again exploring the country.

The synopsis reads: "From Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets - Paul (Lindo), Otis (Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) - who return to Vietnam.

Da 5 Bloods tells the story of a group of vets who return to Vietnam in the search of buried treasure. Credit: Netflix
Da 5 Bloods tells the story of a group of vets who return to Vietnam in the search of buried treasure. Credit: Netflix

"Searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader (Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul's concerned son (Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature - while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War."

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Speaking about the movie, Spike Lee said he tried to acknowledge movies on the Vietnam War that had come before and was keen not to 'disrespect' them - apart from one.

He told Vanity Fair: "I've always given homages to films I love in my films.

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"I want to go on record on this. I'm not being disrespectful to any Vietnam film that's been made, except maybe The Green Berets with John Wayne, who is not a hero of mine."

The idea for Da 5 Bloods has been kicking around for a few years, with a script written seven years ago.

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It lands on Netflix on 12 June. Credit: Netflix
It lands on Netflix on 12 June. Credit: Netflix

However, it's been a tough ask to get it made.

Spike said: "In the Year of Our Lord 2013, two filmmakers, their names are Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, who is no longer with us, wrote a spec script called The Last Tour, about a group of four Vietnam vets who were returning to Vietnam to find the remains of their squad leader and the gold that's buried with him.

"In 2014 my co-producer, Lloyd Levin, optioned the script and brought it to Oliver Stone, who had it for two years, and in 2016 he walked away. I've not spoken to Oliver, so I don't know what happened."

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Eventually, in 2017, Lloyd brought the script to Spike and his co-writer Kevin Willmott, who were keen to get to work, but on one condition.

Spike said: "We wanted to do it, but we wanted to make changes. We wanted to make the story about African American Vietnam vets."

And combining the story with a killer soundtrack, Da 5 Bloods, which lands on 12 June, promises to be a hit.

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Topics: Interesting, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]