Lakeith Stanfield

Lakeith Lee "Keith" Stanfield (born August 12, 1991) is an American actor and rapper. He made his feature film debut in Short Term 12 (2013), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2014, he co-starred in the horror film The Purge: Anarchy and in the Martin Luther King biopic Selma, as civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. Stanfield appeared in the film Dope (2015). He played rapper Snoop Dogg in the biopic about the hip-hop group N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton (2015), and will appear in the upcoming Oliver Stone biopic Snowden (2015). Stanfield was born in San Bernardino, California, and grew up in Riverside and Victorville, California. He has said that he "grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides". He decided to become an actor when he was 14 years old when he joined his high school's drama club. He attended the John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center in Los Angeles, where he was signed by an agency manager and began to audition for commercials. Stanfield's first role was in the short film Short Term 12 (2009), which was filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton's thesis project at San Diego State University, and won the Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. A year later, he appeared in the short film Gimme Grace (2010), before he gave up acting for several years. He went on to work a number of different jobs—roof work, gardening, at AT&T, and at a legal marijuana ...

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Selma (2014)

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"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish -- including murder -- without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Frank Grillo  •  Michael Kenneth Williams  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  Zach Gilford

One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish -- including murder -- without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James DeMonaco
CAST:  Frank Grillo  •  Michael Kenneth Williams  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  Zach Gilford

Short Term 12 (2013)

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Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, helps at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Kaitlyn Dever  •  Melora Walters

Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, helps at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Kaitlyn Dever  •  Melora Walters

Short Term 12 (2008)

A day at a group home for troubled adolescents. Denim is the head counselor, involved somehow with Natalia, another counselor. During the day, we watch them and other staff deal with a boy who's getting into fights though he has only a week to go before his 18th ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brad William Henke  •  Tania Verafield  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Adam Shapiro

A day at a group home for troubled adolescents. Denim is the head counselor, involved somehow with Natalia, another counselor. During the day, we watch them and other staff deal with a boy who's getting into fights though he has only a week to go before his 18th ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brad William Henke  •  Tania Verafield  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Adam Shapiro

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  O'Shea Jackson Jr.  •  Corey Hawkins  •  Jason Mitchell  •  Neil Brown Jr.

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  O'Shea Jackson Jr.  •  Corey Hawkins  •  Jason Mitchell  •  Neil Brown Jr.

Snowden (2016)

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Shailene Woodley  •  Melissa Leo  •  Zachary Quinto

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Shailene Woodley  •  Melissa Leo  •  Zachary Quinto

Live Cargo (2016)

Nadine and Lewis move to a small Bahamian island hoping to restore their relationship in the wake of a tragedy, only to find the picturesque island torn in two: on one side a dangerous human trafficker and on the other an aging patriarch, struggling to maintain order.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Logan Sandler
CAST:  Dree Hemingway  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Robert Wisdom  •  Leonard Earl Howze

Nadine and Lewis move to a small Bahamian island hoping to restore their relationship in the wake of a tragedy, only to find the picturesque island torn in two: on one side a dangerous human trafficker and on the other an aging patriarch, struggling to maintain order.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Logan Sandler
CAST:  Dree Hemingway  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Robert Wisdom  •  Leonard Earl Howze

Memoria (2016)

Ivan Cohen is a young boy living in Palo Alto, California. Unsatisfied by his slacker group of friends, his love for a girl who doesn't know he exist and a dysfunctional family life, he is struggling to find his place in the world. Based on the book Palo Alto by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nina Ljeti  •  Vladimir de Fontenay
CAST:  Sam Dillon  •  Thomas Mann  •  James Franco  •  Miles Heizer

Ivan Cohen is a young boy living in Palo Alto, California. Unsatisfied by his slacker group of friends, his love for a girl who doesn't know he exist and a dysfunctional family life, he is struggling to find his place in the world. Based on the book Palo Alto by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nina Ljeti  •  Vladimir de Fontenay
CAST:  Sam Dillon  •  Thomas Mann  •  James Franco  •  Miles Heizer

Miles Ahead (2016)

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Cheadle
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Emayatzy Corinealdi  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Cheadle
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Emayatzy Corinealdi  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

Verbatim: The Ferguson Case (2015)

Verbatim: The Ferguson Case dramatizes and juxtaposes the grand jury transcripts of two key witnesses in the shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Weiner
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Brian Geraghty  •  Uzo Aduba

Verbatim: The Ferguson Case dramatizes and juxtaposes the grand jury transcripts of two key witnesses in the shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Weiner
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Brian Geraghty  •  Uzo Aduba

Dope (2015)

Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Famuyiwa
CAST:  Shameik Moore  •  Kiersey Clemons  •  Tony Revolori  •  Zoë Kravitz

Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Famuyiwa
CAST:  Shameik Moore  •  Kiersey Clemons  •  Tony Revolori  •  Zoë Kravitz

King Ripple (2015)

Four teens travel into a desolate and decrepit urban wasteland brought forth by the very being they wish to find, dead or alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luke Jaden
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Callaghan Belle  •  Alexandria DeBerry  •  Torrey Wigfield

Four teens travel into a desolate and decrepit urban wasteland brought forth by the very being they wish to find, dead or alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luke Jaden
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Callaghan Belle  •  Alexandria DeBerry  •  Torrey Wigfield

Come Sunday (2018)

Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Marston
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Martin Sheen  •  Danny Glover  •  Condola Rashad

Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Marston
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Martin Sheen  •  Danny Glover  •  Condola Rashad

Quest (2017)

A non-romantic true love story between a humble teacher who believes there is no such thing as a bad kid, only a bad situation, and an abused 12 year old graffiti addict who is incapable of trusting.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Santiago Rizzo
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Betsy Brandt  •  Dash Mihok

A non-romantic true love story between a humble teacher who believes there is no such thing as a bad kid, only a bad situation, and an abused 12 year old graffiti addict who is incapable of trusting.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Santiago Rizzo
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Betsy Brandt  •  Dash Mihok

Death Note (2017)

A young man comes to possess a supernatural notebook, the Death Note, that grants him the power to kill any person simply by writing down their name on the pages. He then decides to use the notebook to kill criminals and change the world, but an enigmatic detective ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Nat Wolff  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Margaret Qualley  •  Shea Whigham

A young man comes to possess a supernatural notebook, the Death Note, that grants him the power to kill any person simply by writing down their name on the pages. He then decides to use the notebook to kill criminals and change the world, but an enigmatic detective ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Nat Wolff  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Margaret Qualley  •  Shea Whigham

Crown Heights (2017)

When Colin Warner was wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devoted his life to proving his innocence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Ruskin
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Nnamdi Asomugha  •  Natalie Paul  •  Bill Camp

When Colin Warner was wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devoted his life to proving his innocence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Ruskin
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Nnamdi Asomugha  •  Natalie Paul  •  Bill Camp

War Machine (2017)

A rock star general bent on winning the “impossible” war in Afghanistan takes us inside the complex machinery of modern war. Inspired by the true story of General Stanley McChrystal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Michôd
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Anthony Hayes  •  John Magaro  •  Anthony Michael Hall

A rock star general bent on winning the “impossible” war in Afghanistan takes us inside the complex machinery of modern war. Inspired by the true story of General Stanley McChrystal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Michôd
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Anthony Hayes  •  John Magaro  •  Anthony Michael Hall

LaZercism (2017)

Ask your doctor if LaZercism is right for you.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaka King
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Da'Vine Joy Randolph  •  Robert Longstreet  •  Bryce Gill

Ask your doctor if LaZercism is right for you.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaka King
CAST:  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Da'Vine Joy Randolph  •  Robert Longstreet  •  Bryce Gill

Get Out (2017)

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Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Peele
CAST:  Daniel Kaluuya  •  Allison Williams  •  Bradley Whitford  •  Catherine Keener

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Peele
CAST:  Daniel Kaluuya  •  Allison Williams  •  Bradley Whitford  •  Catherine Keener

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

Burned by a bad breakup, a struggling New York City playwright makes an unlikely connection with a divorced app designer she meets on a blind date.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Strouse
CAST:  Jessica Williams  •  Chris O'Dowd  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Noël Wells

Burned by a bad breakup, a struggling New York City playwright makes an unlikely connection with a divorced app designer she meets on a blind date.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Strouse
CAST:  Jessica Williams  •  Chris O'Dowd  •  Lakeith Stanfield  •  Noël Wells
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