Marsai Martin To Star In And Executive Produce First Starring Feature Film Role In Comedy, Little
If there are two things we love, it’s certainly actress Marsai Martin and the idea of being able to take a vacation from adulthood. We’re going to get both (well, sort of…) from the 13-year-old’s starring feature film debut, Little. The comedy will also be her first executive producing credit. That’s right, she’s already making boss moves.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will tell the story of a woman who gets the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relive her carefree days as a kid (played by Martin) when the struggles of adulthood get way too real. It’s like Big, or 13 Going on 30, but in reverse. And since Martin is so good as the wise beyond her years and hilarious Diane Johnson on Blackish, this feels like the perfect role for her.
The reason Martin will get executive producer credits on the project is because she is the one who came up with the idea for the script and pitched it. It’s a major opportunity for the teen’s very first starring studio feature. As for who is taking Martin’s idea and running with it, Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver was behind the first draft of the screenplay. Tina Gordon, who was behind Drumline and the comedy Peeples, is not only behind the most recent draft of the script, but she is also set to be in the director’s chair for the project.
The film will be distributed by Universal through Will Packer’s production company. Also attached to produce with Martin include Blackish creator Kenya Barris, actress Regina Hall and Josh Martin.
As mentioned, this will be Martin’s first starring role in a studio feature. She’s been on ABC’s Blackish since 2014. In 2017, she told the Los Angeles Times that in the future she could see herself writing, directing and winning the coveted Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony combo someday.
“I see myself directing, writing, doing my own TV shows and movies,” she said. “I see myself being a legend! [laughs] I don’t know what 30-year-old or 20-year-old Marsai would want, but there’s a path for me. And I want an EGOT!”
With her first executive production credit coming at 13, she’s already on her way to making all these dreams a reality.