Insecure co-creator and star Issa Rae has been cast opposite Bill Hader in Empress of Serenity. This opportunity will mark Rae’s first major movie role!
The Good Universe and Mr. Mudd project will be helmed by Jesse Andrews in his directorial debut and based on his original script. Andrews is the author and screenwriter behind Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
The film revolves around a man (Hader) whose elaborate plan to win back his ex-wife is upended when he is guilted into a month long cruise with his widowed father. Rae will play Michelle, a reclusive kindred spirit in the cabin next door who becomes both aid and obstacle to Sheldon’s plan.
Stephen Chbosky will produce the film alongside Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith. Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe will executive produce alongside Mr. Mudd’s John Malkovich. Erin Westerman is overseeing for Good Universe. Production is scheduled for an August start date.
Rae was nominated for a Golden Globe for her series Insecure, which she created, wrote, produced and starred in. Season 2 of the series will premiere on July 23rd. She first received mainstream attention from her award-winning web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl which garnered over 20 million views and nearly 200,000 YouTube subscribers. Her first book, a collection of essays under the same title, is currently a New York Times best-seller.
We are certainly looking forward to receiving more updates about this project and will keep all of you in the loop! Congrats to Issa Rae!