‘The Harder They Fall’ Director Jeymes Samuel Signs With CAA

EXCLUSIVE: Jeymes Samuel, the British-Nigerian filmmaker who made his feature debut with the Netflix Western The Harder They Fall, has signed with CAA for representation.

The Netflix chart-topper watches as outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) learns that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison, rounding up his gang to exact revenge against the man who long ago killed his parents. Samuel co-wrote the film—also starring LaKeith Stanfield, Regina King and Zazie Beetz—with Boaz Yakin, also producing and composing its soundtrack alongside Jay-Z.

Following the Western’s October debut, it was named the best film of 2021 by the African American Film Critics Association, also receiving the Ensemble Tribute at the 2021 Gotham Awards, and winning the National Board of Review’s award for Best Ensemble. The film was also nominated for multiple Critics’ Choice Film Awards, including Best Acting Ensemble and Best Song for “Guns Go Bang”—written by Samuel, Jay-Z, and Kid Cudi—and received a record-setting 20 nominations from the Black Reel Awards.

Samuels previously wrote, directed and scored the 2013 short film They Die by Dawn, starring Jesse Williams, Rosario Dawson, Michael K. Williams and Isaiah Washington. Also known by his stage name “The Bullitts,” he previously collaborated with Jay-Z on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Samuel continues to be represented by attorney Matthew Johnson of Johnson, Shapiro, Slewett, and Kole, and The Lede Company.

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