Get ready to embark on a wild and whimsical journey as Boots Riley, the mastermind behind “Sorry to Bother You,” returns with a brand new series, “I’m a Virgo,” premiering soon on Amazon Prime Video. Featuring an all-star cast including Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight), and Olivia Washington (The Little Things), this show is set to redefine the genre of coming-of-age tales.
“I’m a Virgo” tells the extraordinary story of Cootie, a 13-foot-tall black man who’s anything but ordinary. This surreal saga of self-discovery, narrated through seven captivating episodes releasing on June 23, 2023, will be streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime.
The trailer, set to the beat of Tune-Yards’ “Gangsta,” introduces us to the larger-than-life Cootie, whose towering height leads to some comically disastrous consequences for his family home. As we follow Cootie’s adventures from his youth to adulthood, we see his family’s efforts to shield him from a world that might exploit his unique stature.
However, Cootie’s infectious curiosity and thirst for adventure eventually lead him outside the confines of his home and into the vibrant world of Oakland, California. The trailer entices viewers to join Cootie on his fantastical journey of self-exploration, promising an unforgettable ride.
In this series, Jharrel Jerome brings Cootie to life, portraying an average guy with an extraordinary height of 13 feet. Jerome’s stellar performance adds depth and nuance to Cootie’s character, making him relatable despite his unusual circumstances. After all, he’s just a Virgo who loves adventure!
Accompanying Jerome is an ensemble cast that includes Walton Goggins as “The Hero,” a superhero idolized by Cootie, and Olivia Washington as Flora. Not to mention, there are cameos from LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings), and Kendrick Sampson (Insecure) to look forward to!
“I’m a Virgo” is a product of the creative genius of Boots Riley, a renowned figure in the musical and film industry known for his unapologetic anti-capitalist politics. His distinctive style that made “Sorry to Bother You” a cult classic is evident in “I’m a Virgo,” making it a must-watch series for fans of his work.
Co-showrunner Tze Chun, known for his work on Fox’s Gotham and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, joins Riley in bringing this project to life. The series’ soundtrack is provided by Riley’s group The Coup, while the score is courtesy of the Oakland-based project, Tune-Yards.
With its blend of absurdity, fantasy, and relatability, “I’m a Virgo” promises to be an exciting addition to Amazon Prime’s roster. So, mark your calendars for June 23, 2023, and get ready for a joyous rollercoaster ride with Cootie!