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The saying “shots fired” is not just a phrase that instantly creates chills across the human body, but it’s also the name of Fox’s forthcoming drama.

Starring Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James, the new series follows the aftermath of a string of “racially charged shootings in a small Southern town.” The heavy subject matter is something the country has been dealing with for decades; however, it has recently come to light all thanks to technology and social media.

As we anticipate the show’s March 22nd premiere, HipHollywood is learning exclusively that there are “chilling” parallels between the fictitious storylines and real-life events that has caused divisiveness across the country.

“The irony of it is that Reggie started developing this five years ago,” Lathan told us while promoting the show. “It was chilling at times on set when we would be acting out something that was going on in the news. They didn’t plan this. This was something that was already written, already thought out.”

She added, “The synchronicity of it was crazy. I don’t think I’ve seen anything with this subject matter that’s so timely, whether in a movie or on TV.”

According to James, who is no stranger to heavy roles, suggested, “I’m used to telling stories like this. I think that obviously you understand the importance when you can have the vantage point of ‘I studied the history of this.’ I was able to work on films that dealt with the root of some of these issues. So to come into Shots Fired certainly gave me an interesting perspective coming in.”

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It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere

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Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

 (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

 Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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