Exclusive: Tyrese Gibson joins Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker in Black Nativity filmby Wilson Morales
January 17, 2013
Blackfilm.com has learned that Tyrese Gibson has been added to the cast of Kasi Lemmon‘s musical, ‘Black Nativity.’ He joins a cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, and Jacob Latimore. Fox Searchlight will distribute the film.
Gibson recently tweeted the followed, “You are the circles you travel in…. I just landed one of the biggest roles and moments in my career..,” along with a photo he posted on Instagram.
Black Nativity will start production in late January 2013 with Fox Searchlight distributing the film. Originally written by Langston Hughes as a re-telling of the Bible’s nativity story, ‘Black Nativity’ tells the story of a teenage boy named Langston from Baltimore who is sent by his single mother to Harlem to spend Christmas with the grandparents he’s never met. Through his grandfather’s Christmas Eve sermon, he learns about the importance of faith and family.
Hudson will play the mother who hasn’t spoken to her father since they had a falling out after she got pregnant. Bassett and Whitaker will play the boy’s estranged grandparents, Rev. Clarence and Aretha Cobbs. Whitaker is expected to play multiple characters during the Nativity sequence.
Kasi Lemmons is writing and directing the film based on Langston Hughes’ gospel musical that was first performed on Broadway in 1961. Casting director Tracy ‘Twinkie’ Byrd is currently putting together the rest of the cast. Production will run from January to March 2013 in New York City.
Gibson recently finished reprising his role as Roman Pearce on the production The Fast and the Furious 6 (aka Fast 6) with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson. He was last seen in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. An accomplished singer, Tyrese released his fifth studio album, ‘Open Invitation’ last November and received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album.
‘Nativity’ should be the first time Tyrese sings on film.
Bill Horberg and Celine Rattray will produce ‘Black Nativity’ with Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Taplin Lundberg, while Joy Goodwin will exec produce.