Deadline is reporting that Alano Miller (Underground), MC Lyte (Patti Cake), Tone Bell (Little), Erica Gimpel (God Friended Me), John Magaro (The Umbrella Academy), Jemima Kirke (Girls), Aja Naomi King (Birth of a Nation), Eva Longoria and Lance Reddick (John Wick franchise) are the latest additions to round out the cast of cast of Sylvie, the romantic Jazz Era film which is being led by Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha.
Ryan Michelle Bathe (First Wives Club) and Regé-Jean Page (Roots) were announced earlier this week.
Filming is currently underway with Eugene Ashe at the helm, directing from his own script.
Set in ’50s and ’60s New York City, the story follows Sylvie (Thompson) as she meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.
Bathe will play Kate, the tough but fair producer of a TV cooking show who hires Sylvie as a production assistant and becomes a friend and mentor to her. Page is Chico, a drummer with the Dickie Brewster Quartet.
Cinematographer Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married, Leaving Las Vegas) has signed on to shoot the film.
Thompson will executive produce the period drama, while Asomugha will produce through his iAm21 Entertainment banner alongside Jonathan Baker (The Banker), Gabrielle Glore (Dirty Laundry) and Matthew Thurm (Crown Heights).