Sanaa Lathan (Shots Fired) has been cast in the upcoming Netflix original film Nappily Ever After. Lathan 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.
Hudson will star as Lathan’s father, Richard, who makes big change in his life to become a male model.
Tracey Bing (Southside With You), Marc Platt, Jared Leboff and Lathan are producing the film, which will begin shooting this month in Atlanta. Exec producers are Benedict Carver, Vincent Cirrincione and Mark Moran.
Lathan’s acting career spans over two decades. She starred in classic films in the early 2000’s such as Love & Basketball, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, Disappearing Acts, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, and Something New. In addition to her film credits, she was a series regular in the second season of the Starz’ original series Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer, and was most recently seen in the Fox event series, Shots Fired, also directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.