Lynn Whitfield will be joining Sanaa Lathan in the upcoming Netflix comedy Nappily Ever After.  In addition to Lathan, Whitfield will star alongside Ernie Hudson and the film will be directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour.

The film is based on the book by Trisha R. Thomas, and Tina Chism drafted the script with rewrites from Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks and most recently filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Nappily Ever After centers on Violet Jones (Lathan), who has a seemingly flawless life until an accident at the hair dresser causes things in her life to unravel and she begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted. She starts to put the pieces back together with a little help from a soulful barber and his young daughter. Violet finds the courage to cast off some of the things that she didn’t really need, starting with the perfectly straightened hair, and find a life that has real meaning.

Whitfield will play Violet’s mother, Paulette, and shooting will take place this month in Atlanta.

Whitfield can currently be seen in the OWN drama series Greenleaf.