Exclusive: Sanaa Lathan Talks About The Synchronicity Between ‘Shots Fired’ And Real-Life Events
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.”