Kofi Siriboe Takes The Lead Role In Really Love Film
Kofi Siriboe has been known to steal scenes. Last year, I, along with the rest of the movie theater crowd, gasped when his perfect face was shown staring up at Jada Pinkett Smith’s character on a New Orleans balcony in the film Girls Trip.
And in the OWN series Queen Sugar, he delivers a powerfully graceful performance as Ralph Angel, a young Louisiana man who is just trying to figure it all out.
So, he not only serves us face, but he serves us actual talent. And now, we’ll be able to see him in a lead role that continues to display both.
According to Deadline, the 24-year-old has been cast to play the lead in the film Really Love, and this news gets even sweeter because the story will be directed by a black woman – first-time feature film director Angel Kristi Williams.
Williams co-wrote the script with screenwriter Felicia A. Pride, although Pride and cinematographer Sanford Grimes came up with the original story.
In Really Love, Siriboe plays a rising painter in a gentrifying Washington, D.C. The story follows his journey of breaking into the art world while trying to figure out how he stumbled into a love he never expected.
The film will be financed by MACRO production company, owned by black producer Charles D. King. The company financed the Oscar-nominated films Fences, Mudbound and Roman J. Israel, Esq. We have been talking so much about how important it is for black investors to bridge the gap for black artists. Well, MACRO is a company doing it for the culture.
Filming begins this summer in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Since it’s directed by a black woman, financed by a powerful machine with a black man in the driver’s seat, and stars an uber-talented actor, will you be checking it out when it hits theaters? With all of these black excellent elements in mind, we should all be looking forward to seeing the film.
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