Sanaa Lathan Will Join The Cast Of The Film Adaptation Of Native Son

April 11, 2018  |  

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Is it safe to go back to remembering that Sanaa Lathan is an actress instead of the woman who maybe possibly bit Beyonce?

In an attempt to do so, according to Deadline, the 46-year-old will be joining the cast of the film adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic novel “Native Son.”

The story is about Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old black man, headed to jail after killing a white woman in a brief moment of panic. We’re able to see what it means to be a young, poor black man from the south side of Chicago in the 1930s when something like this happens. Published in 1940, the story still resonates today.

Lathan will play Trudy Thomas, Bigger’s mother, a widow who is doing her best to raise three children in a Chicago apartment. With Bigger being the eldest, there are certain things required of him, like getting a job. Trudy’s new boyfriend hooks Bigger up with a job interview to work as a chauffeur, but that turns into a chain of events that has disastrous consequences for the family.

Lathan joins a rather talented slate of cast members. Bigger will be played by Ashton Sanders, who you may remember from Moonlight. Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), Kiki Layne (Barry Jenkins’ upcoming If Beale Street Could Talk) and Bill Camp (The Night Of) are on board as well.

A24, the entertainment company behind Moonlight, last year’s best picture winner at The Academy Awards, acquired worldwide rights to “Native Son.” They brought Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks on board to write the script. (Did I mention that she is black?) Oh, and the director, Rashid Johnson, is, too. Yasss!

The film will take place in present-day Chicago, which happens to be Johnson’s hometown. And it will be developed and produced by Bow and Arrow Entertainment.

Will you be checkin’ for Lathan in the new flick? Or are you still mad about her possibly being a culprit in the Beyonce bite-gate?

Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog.
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