Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Everything We Know So Far

The next indie drama thriller to hit the big screen is Breakup, a tragic true story of a desperate hostage-taking while drawing attention to the mistreatment of American veterans. Original title 892, Breakup focuses on Brian Brown-Easley (Jean Boyega), a former Navy veteran, whose personal struggles push him to the limit. With the plot taken from an important 2018 article written by Aaron Frostthe disastrous consequences of Easley’s actions still pose a real dilemma that is not entirely his fault and rather a complex problem much bigger than himself.

The socially relevant film was announced in March 2021 with Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) originally attached to play the lead role. However, his schedule conflicts with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania led to Majors leaving the project and being replaced by John Boyega. Following its production run through mid-2021, the film premiered on January 21 at the Sundance Film Festival 2022. It had a largely positive reception from critics praising the engrossing and tense drama as well as Boyega’s incredible performance. As the movie officially hits theaters to deliver gripping drama with a hard-hitting message, here’s a guide to everything we know so far about Breakup.

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Watch the Breakup Trailer

The first trailer was released on July 20, 2022, to announce its theatrical release. It jumps right into the story with Brian Brown-Easley showing up at Wells Fargo Bank in Atlanta with a note claiming he’s holding a bomb. Despite his threat, his calm and gentle demeanor towards bank employees and hostages hides a complex truth about what got him to this point.

Here is the official synopsis that accompanied the trailer.

When Navy veteran Brian Brown-Easley is denied support from Veterans Affairs, financially desperate and out of options, he takes a bank and several of its employees hostage, setting the stage for a tense confrontation with the police. Based on a real story.

When is Breaking coming out and where can I watch it?

Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the distribution company, Bleecker Street, has acquired the rights to the film to release it in limited theaters starting August 26, 2022 in the United States and Canada. Its autonomy is 103 minutes or 1 hour and 43 minutes. Currently, there is no mention of when the film will be available for online streaming or purchase.


When and where was Breaking filmed?

Principal photography for the film began on July 6, 2021, after Jonathan Majors was replaced by John Boyega for the lead role. Filming took place in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California through August 16, 2021.

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Who are the cast and crew of Breaking?

Breakup is the directorial debut of Abi Damaris Corbin whose past projects mainly include a few short films like Moon and The suitcase. After reading Gell’s article about the incident, Corbin wanted to create the film especially since his own father is also a veteran. She also co-wrote the film with Kwame Kwei Armah who is a British actor and director. Both contacted Easley’s family to seek legitimate permission to tell his story. The film’s cinematography is done by Doug Emmetwho has participated in recent films like I care a lot and sorry to disturb you. Most of the producers came from Salmira Productions, EPIC Magazine, and Little Lamb Productions to help with the film’s development.


John Boyega plays the lead role, with Breakup being part of a list of upcoming films by the British actor who is popularly known for his role as Finn du star wars sequel trilogy. Outraged star warshe acted in movies like Attack the block and Detroit. He also won a Golden Globe for his performance in the TV miniseries small ax. His most recent project was the 2021 film Naked singularitywhich will be followed by the release of The female king come out later this year. Boyega is also working on the sequel to Attack the block.

Nicole Beharie plays one of the two main hostages, bank manager Estel Valerie, whom Easley interacts with while making demands. Her main role was in the television series sleepy hollow and she is also known for starring in major movies like Shame opposite Michael Fassbender and 42which was led by Chadwick Boseman. She continued to appear in other shows as well as black mirror, Small fires everywhereand Solos. Breakup and Honk for Jesus. save your soul are two of his upcoming films.


This film also marks the posthumous release of one of the last screen appearances of Michael K. Williams, who plays Eli Bernard, a police officer trying to mediate the situation with Easley. The five-time Emmy nominated actor was well known for starring in the TV series Thread. Her other impressive television roles included the series Boardwalk Empire, The night ofand Lovecraft Country. He also starred in movies like 12 years of slavery and Bodywork Brokers. Breakup is one of the last three projects to be released after his death in 2021, which includes another film titled Surrounded.

Selenis Leyva plays the role of the other main hostage, Rosa Diaz, who works at the front desk and encounters Easley’s threatening note. She is best known for her television roles in Law and order and Orange is the new black. Her most recent role was in the television series Diary of a Future President and his next upcoming project is the movie Creed III.


Other supporting characters include Connie Breton (Nashville) as Lisa Larson, a local editor who contacts Easley to hear her story during the hostage situation. Robb Derringer (general hospital) and Jeffrey Morgan (Burn Notice) play Chief Jack Quail and Major Riddick, respectively, who both work as outside law enforcement in an attempt to deal with Easley’s actions. Olivia Washington (The small things) and London Covington (Abbott Elementary School) play Cassandra and Kiah, Easley’s ex-wife and daughter.

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What is the breakup?

Breakup is based on true events where the depicted incident involving Easley occurred on July 7, 2017. He was a Lance Corporal who served in Kuwait and Iraq before being discharged in 2005. Upon his return to the United States , he was welcomed by his family and even got married and had a daughter. Yet after serving in the war, he was diagnosed with PTSD, as well as struggling financially while living on a monthly disability check provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In July 2017, he did not receive his final check, which threatened his livelihood as his rent was due. When the regional benefits office was unable to solve his problem, Easley walks into a branch of Wells Fargo claiming he has explosives in his backpack. Such drastic action only underscored his desperation to be heard and get his designated $892 check (the basis of the film’s original title) to live on. The intense situation is the premise of the dramatic film while shedding light on Easley’s disadvantaged circumstances. These difficulties were the result of failing systems and institutions that still fail to meet the needs of American veterans and African Americans in general.

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