Virgos love adventure, and who doesn’t want a dash of superhero sci-fi in a surreal coming-of-age story?
Writer-Director Boots Riley (“Sorry to Bother You”) presents Prime Video series “I’m a Virgo,” which premiered at SXSW 2023, this summer.
According to the official synopsis, the series is a cool, darkly comedic coming-of-age journey about Cootie (Jharrel Jerome), a 13-foot-tall teenager in Oakland, California. Growing up in hiding, spending his time on a diet of comics and TV shows, he escapes to experience the beauty and contradictions of the real world. He makes friends, finds love, navigates awkward situations and meets his idol, the real-life superhero named The Hero (Walton Goggins).
Riley wrote and directed all seven episodes of the series, which had a budget of $53 million, Riley confirmed to IndieWire. The director previously shared in 2020 that the series focuses on a group of teenagers who, “because they’re black, they can’t be children. They are not allowed to come of age. He’s about how the world sees them.
Riley added, “It’s really experiential for me. How do I keep you interested and wanting to keep watching, and how do I make you feel something? I don’t want you to keep watching because I did this easy and manipulative thing that forces you to press “watch next” again. I hate stories that don’t end… I’m not saying how many seasons it will be, but there is a story that ends”.
IndieWire critic Ben Travers wrote in his review of SXSW, “‘I’m a Virgo’ is a delight, and even as its comedy veers into darkness, the first four episodes find joy through each character, their stories and Riley’s exuberance in telling them.”
“I’m a Virgo” will premiere June 23 on Prime Video. Check out the trailer below.