Non-Stop featuring Nate Parker and Lupita Nyong’o opened at number one, taking in $30 million dollars its opening weekend. We previously watched Parker fighting his way through World War II, but this is Nyong’o’s first foray into the action-thriller genre.
Nyong’o seamlessly portrays a flight attendant named Gwen. Her character, along with Nate Parker‘s, is one of the few trusted people on the flight. Parker (The Great Debaters, Arbitage) portrays a computer technician named Zack. Mid-flight, Air Marshall Bill Marks (portrayed by Liam Neeson) receives a threatening text message that one passenger will be murdered every 20 minutes, unless he transfers $150 million into a numbered account. The problem is Marks has no idea who is sending the text messages, nor how he/she is able to murder passengers on the flight without being caught. Cue the mid-air tension, fear, and intense anxiety! Playing into the fear of flying, which seems to be pretty universal, Non-Stop is a must-see thriller that stars not one but two African-American actors on the rise.
UPTOWN was front and center for the red carpet premiere and caught up with star Nate Parker. He chats about filming on a plane, his non-stereotypical role, his advice for young African-American actors.
UPTOWN: Nate, congratulations on your role in the film!
Parker: Thank you so much!
U: This entire film takes place on an airplane, how was it filming on a plane? This is definitely a different experience from anything else you have done.
Parker: Filming on a plane was one thing, but filming on an airplane that they’re threatening to blow up … it makes it a little bit more difficult to build a character, but it was fun! It was a great experience and I felt like I was in good company with Liam [Neeson] and Julianne [Moore] …