Fresh off a couple of Oscar nominations for her paintings on remaining yr’s inspirational drama Harriet, Cynthia Erivo has signed directly to megastar in Universal’s musical drama Talent Show.
Lena Waithe wrote the latest draft of the script, and her collaborator on The Chi, Gandja Monteiro, will direct the movie, which is according to an authentic concept through Duane Adler. Adler, who created the hit Step Up franchise and likewise wrote the 2001 youngster film Save the Last Dance, penned an previous draft of Talent Show, as did The Chi scribe Aimee Lagos.
Erivo is ready to play a failed songwriter who returns house to Chicago to guide a bunch of at-risk formative years placed on their annual ability display. According to the Hollywood Reporter, there’s no get started date in position but because of the continued pandemic, however with somewhat little bit of good fortune, I’d be expecting this to begin capturing early subsequent yr so Universal can liberate it in time for the vacation season subsequent yr. Erivo is an actual ability, and this moves me as a business mission that would enchantment to households within the lead as much as Thanksgiving.
George Tillman Jr. and Robert Teitel will produce by the use of their State Street Pictures banner, which additionally produced the 2018 drama The Hate U Give. Meanwhile, Waithe will government produce along Jay Marcus, who runs building at State Street and can oversee the mission on behalf of the corporate. Rishi Rajani will oversee for Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions, whilst Universal’s Erik Baiers and Sara Scott will oversee on behalf of the studio.
Erivo is a singer and songwriter who received a Tony and a Grammy for her paintings within the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. She is one Oscar shy of an EGOT, having received an Emmy for a musical look at the Today display. She may additionally to find herself up for an Emmy due to her fresh flip in HBO’s The Outsider.
Erivo is solely getting began at the large display, having made her characteristic debut in 2018’s mystery Bad Times on the El Royale, which she quickly adopted with a breakout flip in Steve McQueen‘s acclaimed heist film Widows. Erivo will quickly be observed along Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley within the long-delayed sci-fi film Chaos Walking according to the bestselling YA novel through Patrick Ness. She has additionally wrapped John Ridley‘s time shuttle film Needle in a Timestack with Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto and Orlando Bloom.
Erivo subsequent stars as Aretha Franklin in Genius: Aretha, which National Geographic not too long ago driven to the autumn. To watch the primary teaser trailer for that collection, click on right here.