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Ludacris’ Next Acting Gig Looks Like ‘Green Book’ Meets ‘American History X’

Ludacris adopts a white teen raised as a white supremacist in the upcoming indie film The Ride.

Ludacris is taking a break from the Fast & Furious franchise (the latest installment, F9, was supposed to drop back in May but has since been postponed to May 28 next year) to star an indie film that looks like a hybrid of Green Book and American History X.

Titled The Ride, the forthcoming movie finds Ludacris playing Eldridge Buultjens who, alongside his white wife Marianna, adopts a white teen raised as a white supremacist. The movie is inspired by the real-life story of BMX star John Buultjens. A description of the movie reads as follows:

From the inspiring true story of extreme sports legend John Buultjens, The Ride follows John McCord, an athletically gifted youth who triumphs over a troubled upbringing. After a violent, racially-charged incident lands John (Shane Graham) in juvenile detention, he is finally placed with an unlikely set of foster parents, Eldridge (Ludacris) and Marianna Buultjens (Sasha Alexander), an interracial couple who want to provide a fresh start for the tormented youth. Eldridge makes it his mission to overcome the challenges of John’s white supremacist upbringing and slowly begins to forge a relationship through his foster son’s fascination with extreme sports by giving John his first bike. Rooted by this newfound passion, the family builds a bond of mutual respect, love and together they speed toward BMX glory and ultimately, redemption.

The Ride drops on Prime Video Friday, November 13. Although the trailer first came out November 5, the movie has only recently gained attention thanks to a report from Shadow & Act. Since then, a number of people have reacted to the film’s trailer on social media.

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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