Bryan Enk July 4, 2012
Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson are looking to hit some high notes.
The three thespians will be spending Christmas together this year as they’ve signed on for the screen adaptation of Langston Hughes’ gospel musical, “Black Nativity,” according to Variety.
“Black Nativity” tells the story of a young Baltimore teen who’s sent to Harlem to spend the holidays with the grandparents he’s never met. Though his grandfather’s sermon and series of fantasy sequences that tell the story of the Nativity, the young lad comes to learn about faith and family.
Jackson and Bassett will be playing the grandparents, with Hudson playing the teen’s mother, who became estranged from her father after she got pregnant out of wedlock.
“Black Nativity,” which was originally titled “Wasn’t It a Mighty Day?,” first performed on Broadway in 1961, Kasi Lemmons is set to write and direct the adaptation that will begin shooting in the fall.
“Black Nativity” is just one of many projects to which the ever-prolific Samuel L. Jackson is attached. He’s currently shooting Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and from there will segue into a supporting role in “RoboCop” and his latest Nick Fury reprisal in the sequel to “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
Angela Bassett, who proved she can carry a tune (and then some) with her performance as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” was recently seen in “This Means War” and will soon be shooting “Olympus Has Fallen,” one of at least two terrorists-take-over-the-White-House thrillers currently in pre-production.
Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her amazing turn in “Dreamgirls” and recently appeared as a nun in “The Three Stooges.” She appeared with Terrence Howard in the Winnie Mandela biopic, “Winnie,” and will appear with Howard again in the upcoming thriller, “Lullaby.”
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