Sundance 2017: How Nnamdi Asomugha Aged 20 Years In Crown Heights

Crown Heights premiered at Sundance 2017, won the Audience Choice Award, and was soon after picked up by Amazon for global release.

Read the full Entertainment Weekly feature here.

by MARC MALKIN Tue, Jan 24, 2017 11:45 AM

Crown Heights didn't have a big budget so aging the cast about two decades wouldn't be easy.

Or maybe it was.

The independent film follows the true story of Colin Warner (Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield), a young man from Trinidad who spent 20 years in prison for a 1980 murder in Brooklyn that he didn't commit. Former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha plays Carl King, Colin's best friend who dedicated his life to proving his innocence.

You can't help but notice the eyeglasses that Asomugha wears throughout the movie. 

"Those were everything," Asomugha, 35, told me at the Sundance Film Festival. "Everybody keeps talking about the glasses, and it was important. And I think that's the way. It's such a small film, low-budget film, and you have to age 20 years and you don't always have the resources to do that, so the glasses for my character were important in showing the age and the time difference."