Actor and director Mario Van Peebles will return to Mobile next month for the Gulf Coast premiere of his new movie, ‘Armed.’ It will take place at the Saenger Theater in downtown Mobile, February 2.
Broussard’s Piano Gallery is hosting the event. Van Peebles will be the special guest of honor at the premiere and will participate in questions and answers from the audience after the movie.
The event is a celebration of Black History Month and will benefit the restoration and outreach ministry of the historic Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The church, located on Donald Street in Toulminville, was established in 1854 and is the oldest black Episcopal Church in Alabama.
‘Armed’ stars William Fichtner, Ryan Guzman, Columbus Short, and Jemma Dallender, as well as Van Peebles. It is the story of Chief (Van Peebles), a former U.S. Marshall struggling to manage personal adversity and health crises that point to a possible conspiracy.
Van Peebles is no stranger to Mobile. He was the director of ‘USS Indianapolis, Men of Courage’ which was filmed in Mobile and starred Nicolas Cage. Van Peebles directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series “Roots” starring Forrest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Peebles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit “Empire” and “The Last Ship,” as well as “Sons of Anarchy,” “Lost,” “Damages,” and “Boss.”
The event will take place on Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 at the Saenger. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, January 18th at the Saenger box office. They are $15 for general admission.