Ladies and Gentleman Mr. Stephen Tyrone Williams has been offered the Lead MALE Role in my New Spike Lee Joint. I first saw the fresh face and abundance of Talent at The Broadway Opening of the late Nora Ephron’s LUCKY GUY starring Tom Hanks Directed by My Main Man George Wolfe. Stephen’s performance as Abner Louima was haunting. The Opening Night Audience held their collective captive breath as he retells the terror of being sodomized with a Billy Club by one of New York’s Finest. At the After Party, I found Stephen and told him how much I enjoyed his performance and God Willing One day we would be able to work together. Well, that day is here. Stephen Tyrone Williams is gonna do his THANG. And That's The Bloody Truth Ruth.
Words from Spike Lee, posted to his mystery project's Kickstarter campaign page this morning.
With just over 24 hours to go until the end of the campaign, he's raised over $1.3 million, blowing past the $1.25 million he asked for.
Needless to say, the next Spike Lee joint has been officially greenlit. A film's going to be made, with Stephen Tyrone Williams joining the previously cast Zaraah Abrahams, playing the film's leading man and leading lady.
By the way, Williams was very recently cast in the upcoming 2014 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, which Denzel Washington will star in, alongside Sophie Okenedo and Anika Noni Rose, to be directed by Kenny Leon.
If anything, the acting should be strong, as both Williams and Abrahams have demonstrated talent in previous work.
Also, Raphael Saadiq will compose the film's soundtrack.
The teaser poster follows below. It doesn't reveal much, other than what we already know about the film's focus on human beings addicted to blood (although it's not a vampire movie).
Stay tuned for word on who else will be involved in the project, both in front of and behind the camera.