Between Blinded By The Light, Rocketman, and Yesterday, 2019’s shaping up to be an outstanding year for honoring rock icons. The new trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Blinded By The Night explores the impact Bruce Springsteen’s music has on one teenager who feels like an outsider.
Directed by writer/producer Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham), Blinded By The Light stars Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Hayley Atwell, and Dean-Charles Chapman. The inspirational drama features the music of Bruce Springsteen and is based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s critically acclaimed memoir, Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll.
Manzoor, Chadha, and Paul Mayeda Berges wrote the screenplay. Gurinder Chadha, Jane Barclay, and Jamal Daniel produced, with Tory Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse, and Paul Mayeda Berges executive producing.
According to the studio, the film was made with Springsteen’s blessing.
Chadha’s behind the scenes team included director of photography Ben Smithard, production designer Nick Ellis, editor Justin Krish, and costume designer Annie Hardinge. A.R. Rahman wrote the score.
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures have set an August 14, 2019 theatrical release date.
“Blinded by the Light is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit. The film tells the story of Javed (Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father.
But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.”