Jennifer Hudson Lands Role In Mister and Pete

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Jennifer Hudson Lands Role In ‘Mister and Pete’
by Wilson Morales

June 10, 2011

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has landed a supporting role in George Tillman Jr.’s independent film, ‘Mister and Pete,’ which will be produced by Grammy winning artist and actress Alicia Keys, Dror Soref, and Bob Teitel.

After being left alone when his drug-addicted mother (played by Hudson) is arrested, a penniless 14-year-old teams with a 9-year-old runaway to survive a tumultuous summer in Brooklyn. The film was written by Michael Starrbury.

Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, Hudson stated “It’s something different,” regarding her role in ‘Mister and Pete.’ “And I like to challenge myself. I like to take it one step at a time.”

Keys and Hudson both starred in ‘The Secret Life of Bees.

While the casting of the boys have yet to be completed, here are some details regarding their background.

[Mister] African American – 12-14 years old. Raised by an absentee, single mother, Mister, a street-savvy self-starter and a boy who is too prideful to let the pain of being poor and alone in the world show. Mister has found his calling in acting. He’s a performer, and the hope of making it to Hollywood. After his mother is arrested, Mister, with no money or food, reluctantly finds himself caring for an innocent 9 year old boy named Pete. Mister struggles to survive to make it to the date of his big audition…

[Pete] Asian 7– 9 years old. Pete is the innocent victim of an addict mother. Pete is trying to understand the world around him. Seeking the love and protection any kid deserves, Pete has managed to maintain his trust for his baby sitter, Mister. When Mister discovers that Pete has run away from hardships greater than his own, the boys spend the tough summer together, barely surviving before they will be able to escape to Hollywood.

Hudson also recently signed on to play Sister Rosemary in the big screen adaptation of ‘The Three Stooges.’ Her latest film, ‘Winnie,’ which is based on Winnie Mandela and co-stars Terrence Howard, has yet to pick up distribution.

Production on ‘Mister and Pete’ starts this Fall.


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