The Book Of Clarence removed from UK release calendar

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Jeymes Samuel’s biblical epic was slated to be released tomorrow (19th January), but the film has disappeared from the UK release schedule. 

Jeymes Samuel’s biblical dramedy The Book Of Clarence has been quietly removed from the UK release calendar – mere hours before it was supposed to appear in cinemas. The film was originally slated to come out tomorrow, 19th January. 

Samuel’s film received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival last October. Reviews were lukewarm, but all of its promotional materials mentioned that aforementioned release date.

Deadline also reports that Sony and Legendary, which apparently requested the move, are now planning a March release for the film instead. 

The Book Of Clarence stars LaKeith Stanfield as the titular character, who tries to capitalise on the rise of Jesus Christ and fakes being a Messiah, spinning an impressive web of lies. 

The large ensemble cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Omar Sy, RJ Cyler, James McAvoy, Anna Diop, Teyana Taylor, Alfre Woodard, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Caleb McLaughlin, Babs Olusanmokun, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Nicholas Pinnock, Micheal Ward, Chase Dillon, Tom Glynn-Carney and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

In our review, we had this to say about the film: “The smartest move Samuel pulls with his feature is to cast his film well. The talented ensemble are able to hide some of the more obvious flaws in the writing. Samuel keeps the laughs coming and given the film’s bombastic style, it’s easy to forgive the weakly-penned supporting characters, especially as your lead is this charismatic.”

The Book Of Clarence recently opened in the US, but debuted in ninth place during the long weekend across the pond. The film has only grossed just north of $3 million, which is a disappointing result when you take into consideration the $40 million budget the film had. 

We’ll keep you updated with a new release date as soon as we get it.

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