To celebrate the release of The Day Shall Come, which is released in UK cinemas this Friday, we had the pleasure of chatting to the film’s star, newcomer Marchant Davis.
Written and directed by Chris Morris, the man behind Four Lions and The Day Today, Davis stars as Moses, impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI (led by Anna Kendrick) who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams.
The Day Shall Come is a brilliantly satirical comedy that asks questions of the US government and their practices in a post-9/11 world that is by turns funny, alarming and downright frightening.
The Day Shall Come reflects how institutionalized paranoia corrupts our thinking. Throughout the West, the Global War on Terror, now so baked in it no longer requires a name, has eroded freedoms it was declared to protect.
The film tells the story of a person walking blind into a false reality programmed to blow up in his face. That person is a fringe preacher called Moses. The false reality is created by the FBI and written like a script. Moses has no idea this is happening or that their plotline ends with him in jail.
With his wife Venus, Moses runs a mission offering local youth salvation through religion, education, self-empowerment and farming. Their hero is the Haitian slave rebel General Toussaint. This is their life, these are their troubles. Here is Moses preaching on Facebook Live about righting the wrongs of history. Here is the FBI watching him, wondering if he is a threat, asking themselves a question that leads only one way: What if we do nothing – and this guy tries to destroy America with his army of four grown-ups and a kid? ‘
The film also includes Anna Kendrick, Denis O’Hare,Marchánt Davis, Jim Gaffigan, Kayvan Novak.