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Jill Scott, J Cole Also In Casting Mix For David E. Talbert's Rom-Com 'Baggage Claim'

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 24, 2012 1:55 PM
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Last week, Shadow and Act learned that Taye Diggs, Morris ChestnutTrey SongzLauren LondonTia Mowry and Djimon Hounsou were all in contention for parts in playwright/director David E. Talbert's rom-com, Baggage Claim, for Fox Searchlight, based on his best-selling debut novel about a flight attendant with thirty days and thirty thousand miles to find a husband.

Humor Mill is now reporting that Jill Scott and J Cole are also in the mix for parts in the film adaptation.

The project already boasts Paula PattonDerek Luke, and Octavia Spencer as cast members, with Patton playing our husband-seeking flight attendant; we aren't privy to what roles have been assigned to other cast members (Diggs, Chestnut, Songz, London, Mowry, Scott, Cole and Hounsou, assuming they sign on to join the cast; as well as the already cast Luke and Spencer).

Maybe those who've read the novel can make some guesses.

Here's the synopsis for Baggage Claim:

Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Whom will she choose? Damon Diesel, a P. Diddy wannabe; Reverend Curtis P. Merewether, pastor of Greater House of Deliverance, Tabernacle of Praise, Worship, and Miracles; pompous attorney-turned-councilman Langston Jefferson Battle III; or Quinton Jamison, a multimillionaire who's twenty years her senior?

We can assume that 4 of the 6 mentioned actors (Luke, as well as Diggs, Chestnut, Songz, Cole and Hounsou, if cast) could play any one of those 4 potential suitors for Montana, as described in the synopsis.

The cast should be finalized very soon, as the project is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.

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  • Miles Ellison | September 25, 2012 12:27 AMReply

    This looks about as interesting as the 1,0000 other hack level movies based on the same premise.

  • Beemooree | September 24, 2012 11:44 PMReply

    Trey songz and j cole?? And Jill? They just turned me off from the film. You mean to tell me there are no other actors or unknowns out there to fill their shoes?

  • ALM | September 24, 2012 8:09 PMReply

    What's the budget for this movie? They have 25% of Black Hollywood in this movie.

  • roberto | September 24, 2012 5:16 PMReply

    Dmn, this just shows how rare commerical black films are that every body and there mama is trying to get a role in this movie

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