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Black Nativity - Trailer
Black Nativity comes to theaters November 27th, 2013 and stars Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones. The film is directed by Kasi Lemmons.
The first trailer for "Black Nativity" dropped today, advertising the film as the "musical event" of the holiday season. Starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Nas, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson, it could very well make good on that hyperbolic promise.
The film is a contemporary retelling of the Langston Hughes play, with Latimore playing Langston, a kid whose mother (Hudson) sends him to live with his estranged relatives after their house is foreclosed on. From there he goes on a remarkable Christmastime journey of discovery -- all set to song.
The film marks the long-awaited return of writer/director Kasi Lemmons, responsible for the critically praised features "Eve's Bayou," "The Caveman's Valentine," and "Talk to Me." (She was also an actor early on in her career,
In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama Black Nativity follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends,
But that's about to change, as Deadline reports that Kasi Lemmons, the filmmaker behind "Eve's Bayou,
The comedy of manners follows two families with different but increasingly intertwined lives, race and sexual politics. Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits and Carol Polakoff are producing.
Lemmons, whom many will remember playing Clarice Starling’s FBI classmate in "The Silence of the Lambs", is also developing a film version of Langston Hughes’s gospel song play "Black Nativity" at Fox Searchlight.
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