I doubt you ever thought to say the names of these people in the same sentence. But get used to it because Reginald VelJohnson, known for his role as Carl Winslow on “Family Matters,” Reginae Carter, known for being the daughter of Lil Wayne, and Jackee Harry known for her roles on “227” and “Sister, Sister,” are joining forces for a new project with Lifetime.
The three will star in an all-Black contemporary version of Pride and Prejudice, based on the 19th century novel by Jane Austen.
The cast will be rounded out by Tiffany Hines and Raney Branch.
According to TV Line, Harry will Mrs. Bennet, a preacher’s wife who has just written a book about the importance of marriage in the African American community. So naturally, she’s not happy about the fact that her own daughters Lizzie (Hines), Jane (Raney Branch), Mary (Brittney Level), Lydia (Carter) and Kitty (Alexia Bailey) are all still single.
In an attempt to marry them off, Mrs. Bennet tries to match her eldest daughter Lizzie up with Will Darcy (played by “Empire’s” Juan Antonio.)
VelJohnson will play the father, Reverend Bennet.
The film, named Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta will also star Kellee Stewart, Victoria Rowell and Keshia Knight Pulliam in other supporting roles.
Rhonda Barak, the woman behind TV One’s Bobbi Kristina movie and UP’s Christmas movie A Baby for Christmas, starring Malinda Williams. The screenplay will be written by Tracy McMillan, the author of Huffington Post’s viral post “Why You’re Not Married.” She went on to host Ted Talks, write books and appear on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday.”
This will certainly be interesting. I have to watch just to see how it all plays out. The movie will air on Lifetime and is produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Swirl Films.