HBO TO PREMIERE "NATIVE SON" APRIL 6 AT 10 P.M. (ET/PT). THE FILM IS BASED ON RICHARD WRIGHT'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NOVEL. FROM LEFT, SANAA LATHAN, NICK ROBINSON, KIKI LAYNE AND ASHTON SANDERS.
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“Native Son,” which is based on the classic novel by Richard Wright, will debut April 6 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.
Directed by first-time director and renowned visual artist Rashid Johnson from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks ("Topdog/Underdog"), the drama made its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners' streaming platforms.
it was announced today by Len Amato, president, HBO Films.
“Native Son” tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders, Oscar winning film “Moonlight” and “The Equalizer 2”), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp, Emmy-nominee for HBO's "The Night Of").
As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power - including a precarious relationship with Dalton's daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley, HBO's "The Leftovers")-- he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever.
The cast also includes: Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier and Sanaa Lathan.
Among the early critical raves for “Native Son,”Vulture called the film "visually striking" and praised Ashton Sanders' performance, observing, "This is a star in the making," while Entertainment Weekly described it as a "raw, lyrical retelling," and IndieWire termed it "harrowing" and "compelling."
“Native Son” is an HBO Films presentation in association with A24; executive produced by Stephanie Meurer; produced by Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman of Bow and Arrow Entertainment; directed by Rashid Johnson; screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks.
OTHER “SCREEN SCENE” NEWS
TV ONE ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF ORIGINAL FILM "THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY" AIRING IN JUNE
It’s official. TV One has announced that production is underway in Atlanta for its new original film “The Bobby DeBarge Story” which will premiere on the network in June, 2019.
The film's stars include: Roshon Fegan (“Shake It Up” and “Greenleaf”) in the lead role as Bobby DeBarge. Tyra Ferrell (“Boyz InThe Hood” and “White Men Can't Jump”) stars as Etterlene DeBarge, and Adrian Marcel as James DeBarge. Big Boi (Outkast) portrays legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, while Lloyd appears as Switch member Gregory Williams.
The movie explores the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of the 70's R&B/Funk Band Switch, also the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge. Despite his success in music, the iconic falsetto found his life in peril as he struggled with fame and fortune while coping with the memories of his dysfunctional childhood.
"The Bobby Debarge Story” continues TV One's tradition of telling the story of unsung music heroes. While our audience knows Bobby's group, Switch, and his musically-gifted family, DeBarge, they may not know Bobby DeBarge's contribution to creating the sound that changed the music landscape for decades to come.
A falsetto master, Bobby DeBarge was a musical genius who battled demons of his own for many years.
“The Bobby Debarge Story” is the quintessential story of sex, drugs and rock and roll," stated Karen Peterkin, Director of Scripted Original Programming and Production, who serves as Executive in Charge of Production for TV One.
“The Bobby Debarge Story” is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. Leading the production are Executive Producers, Eric Tomosunas and Teri DeBarge.
The film is written by Norman Vance, Jr., directed by Russ Parr with casting provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Leah Daniels Butler Casting) and George Pierre (Pierre Casting).
For TV One, Karen Peterkin and Jason Ryan are the Executive Producers in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President Original Programming and Production.
Editor’s Note: Information and picture used in this report obtained from TV One. Photo:Taylor Jewell / Invision).
PHOTO: From left, Sanaa Lathan, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne and Ashton Sanders pose for a portrait to promote the film "Native Son" at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25. (Taylor Jewell / Invision).