First Trailer for W. Kamau Bell’s Bill Cosby Documentary, ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’ Released

The first official full trailer for Showtime’s new four-part documentary series We Need to Talk About Cosby, We Need to Talk About Cosby, has been published.

The concept is the brainchild of Emmy winner W. W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell) offers an in-depth look at “America’s Dad” Bill Cosby’s revolutionary career and collapse.

We Need to Talk About Cosby promises to “explore the complex story of Cosby’s life and work, weighing his actions against his indisputable global influence through interviews with comedians, cultural commentators, journalists and women who share their most personal, harrowing encounters with Cosby.

Through archival footage, Cosby will reveal who he may have been all along — the antithesis of the principled, public figure who became a hero, not only to African American people but to all people.

The four-parter will shed new light on Cosby’s cultural contributions and impact at the height of his disgrace — accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, and other misconduct by more than 60 women as far back as nearly 60 years.

Bell, who grew up idolizing Cosby, unpacked how Cosby’s desire for power, which propelled his professional success, could be the same driving force that motivated his alleged crimes against women.

We Need to Talk About Cosby peels back complex layers, portraying the genius performer, philanthropist, and role model, contrasted by the accused sexual predator that now defines him. It offers viewers the chance to reconsider Cosby’s mark in a society where rape culture, toxic masculinity, capitalism, and white supremacy are shaping how we re-evaluate sex, power, and agency.”

Cosby was released from state jail in July after serving more than two years of a three-to-10-year sentence for sexual assault. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the actor’s “non-prosecution agreement” with a prior prosecutor should have barred him from being prosecuted in a case stemming from an encounter with accuser Andrea Constand in 2004.

The documentary will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22 before premiering on Showtime on January 30.

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