Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
How Did 'Selma' Do at the Box Office on Its First Day in Release? How Did 'Selma' Do at the Box Office on Its First Day in Release? Marathon of New High-Definition Re-Mastering of 'The Wire' (Full Series) Starts Today on HBO Marathon of New High-Definition Re-Mastering of 'The Wire' (Full Series) Starts Today on HBO Egypt & Morocco Ban Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' for Historical Inaccuracies Egypt & Morocco Ban Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' for Historical Inaccuracies Denzel Washington Is One of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Stars, According to Forbes Denzel Washington Is One of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Stars, According to Forbes Bill Duke's 'Dark Girls' Follow-up, 'Light Girls,' Gets a First Trailer & Release date (Heading to OWN) Bill Duke's 'Dark Girls' Follow-up, 'Light Girls,' Gets a First Trailer & Release date (Heading to OWN) Watch Trailer for Romcom 'With This Ring' (Regina Hall, Jill Scott, Eve Star - Coming January 2015) Watch Trailer for Romcom 'With This Ring' (Regina Hall, Jill Scott, Eve Star - Coming January 2015) Here Are the Top 10 Grossing "Black Films" of 2014... How Many of Them Did You See? Here Are the Top 10 Grossing "Black Films" of 2014... How Many of Them Did You See? Debbie Allen & Phylicia Rashad Sign Up for 'Arsenic and Old Lace' Playing the Brewster Sisters Debbie Allen & Phylicia Rashad Sign Up for 'Arsenic and Old Lace' Playing the Brewster Sisters Kickstart This: A Film About a 150 Year-Old Black Vampire With Suicidal Urges Kickstart This: A Film About a 150 Year-Old Black Vampire With Suicidal Urges Weekend B.O. Dec. 19-21 (Sony's Grateful for Small Blessings, while Paramount Blew it) Weekend B.O. Dec. 19-21 (Sony's Grateful for Small Blessings, while Paramount Blew it) Sony Hack Reveals the Insufferable Whiteness of Hollywood Sony Hack Reveals the Insufferable Whiteness of Hollywood Preview: Jessica Williams of 'The Daily Show' Makes Leading Lady Debut in 'Tap Shoes & Violins' Preview: Jessica Williams of 'The Daily Show' Makes Leading Lady Debut in 'Tap Shoes & Violins' First Image of Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Upcoming HBO Biopic First Image of Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Upcoming HBO Biopic The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) 7 More Slave-Themed Films For You To Look Forward To This Year, 2013 7 More Slave-Themed Films For You To Look Forward To This Year, 2013 Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett & Jennifer Hudson May Star in Kasi Lemmons' 'Black Nativity'

Shadow and Act By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act July 3, 2012 at 8:08PM

Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett are in negotiations to reunite for Fox Seachlight's Black Nativity, based on Langston Hughes' Broadway gospel musical. Jennifer Hudson is also in negotiations to join Jackson and Bassett, who were last seen in the Katori Hall/Kenny Leon acclaimed broadway production The Mountaintop.
8
Sam L Jackson & Angela Bassett

Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett are in negotiations to reunite for Fox Seachlight's Black Nativity, based on Langston Hughes' Broadway gospel musical. Jennifer Hudson is also in negotiations to join Jackson and Bassett, who were last seen in the Katori Hall/Kenny Leon acclaimed broadway production The Mountaintop.

If you recall, Black Nativity, written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, has been in the works and in limbo since 2009. The story centers on a young black teen from Baltimore, who is sent to Harlem by his mother to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. The boy then learns the real meaning of faith and family when his grandfather delivers a Christmas Eve sermon and "a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story."

black nativity

Jennifer Hudson is in talks to play the boy's mother in Baltimore. Jackson and Bassett are cicling the roles of the boy's grandparents. The role of the young boy has yet to be cast.

In our post in June of last year, helmer Lemmons revealed the following about the story:

"A gospel musical titled, The Black Nativity. It's a film adaptation of the very slender book Langston Hughes wrote in 1961. At the time it was very controversial. The story is about a kid from Baltimore whose mother has to send him to live with her estranged parents. He's dealing with people he didn't know including his grandmother who is a preacher; he falls in a deep sleep at church and dreams of the black nativity. It's going to be dope."

Bill Horberg and Celine Rattray, along with Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Taplin Lundberg will serve as producers; Joy Goodwin will executive produce.

As per announcement early last week, Bassett is set to star in Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen. Jackson can be seen next in Tarantino's Django Unchained. The highest earning actor in the inductry may also have supporting roles in MGM's RoboCop remake and in the sequel to Captain America.

Jennifer Hudson is set to reteam with Winnie's co-star Terrence Howard in Andrew Levitas' Lullaby.

Kasi Lemmons is also working on the adaptation of Zadie Smith's Booker Prize-nominated novel On Beauty, which she will direct.

This article is related to: Kasi Lemmons


Shadow & ActNewsletter