EXCLUSIVE: Actress Sanaa Lathan will likely be making her function directorial debut on Paramount Gamers’ adaptation of Angie Thomas’ New York Occasions bestseller On the Come Up.
The function challenge has been a precedence for Paramount Gamers they usually had been impressed with Lathan’s imaginative and prescient for the movie, the story of which comes from the writer of The Hate U Give; that novel was a 2019 Fox 2000 movement image.
On The Come Up, from HarperCollins imprint Balzer & Bray, facilities on 16-year-old Bri, who needs to be one of many best rappers of all time. Or at the least win her first battle. But it surely’s exhausting to get your come up if you’re labeled a hoodlum in school, and your fridge at house is empty after your mother loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first tune, which fits viral…for all of the unsuitable causes. Bri quickly finds herself on the middle of an issue, portrayed by the media as extra menace than MC. However with an eviction discover staring her household down, Bri doesn’t simply need to make it—she has to. Even when it means turning into the very factor the general public has made her out to be.
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Lathan was Tony-nominated in 2003 for her Broadway efficiency in A Raisin within the Solar within the Finest Featured Actress in a Play class. She lately joined the forged of the Emmy Award-winning HBO collection Succession and can subsequent be seen starring within the upcoming motion thriller Hit and Run reverse Lior Raz. Her brief movie Leap, a part of With/In, a movie anthology shot throughout lockdown, will premiere on the Tribeca Movie Competition. Lathan’s credit embody The Affair, Native Son, The Twilight Zone, plus Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Jon Chu’s Now You See Me 2 and American Murderer reverse Michael Keaton.
Temple Hill, State Avenue and Angie Thomas are producing On the Come Up. Kay Oyegun wrote the script. Lathan is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.
Beforehand, Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu was connected to direct On the Come Up, nevertheless, a scheduling drawback, I hear, prevented her from shifting ahead with the manufacturing. Paramount Gamers has a mission for creating style films from distinctive, modern voices and properties.