Simone Missick (Luke Cage) will star in the upcoming drama, Jinn. Written and directed by Nijla Mu’min , Jinn is a coming of age story about, a 17 year old carefree black girl named Summer whose world is turned upside down when her mother Jade (Missick) abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person which prompts Summer to reevaluate her own life and identity. The film is loosely based on the filmmaker’s Black and half-Islamic upbringing and serves as a timely, fresh look at identity, Islam, and first love in contemporary Los Angeles.
The film also stars Zoe Renee (The Quad) as Summer, Hisham Tawfiq (The Blacklist), Kelly Jenrette (Grandfathered, Pitch), Kelvin Harrison , Jr. (Mudbound), and Dorian Missick (Big Words, Monster).
Avril Z. Speaks of Sweet Potato Pie Productions is producing with Elton Brand, Mike C. Manning, Simone Missick, and Angela Harvey (Teen Wolf) serving as executive producers, and Morgan’s Mark Productions serving as co-producers.
Mu’min, a California Institute of the Arts (Calarts) grad and Sundance Institute Fellow, pitched Jinn at the Film Independent Fast Track Film Market, and was the recipient of a Panavision New Filmmaker Camera Package. Her short films have screened in festivals across the country. She was the winner of a 2014 Best Screenplay Award from BET for her script, Noor.
Missick can currently be seen playing Misty Knight in Netflix’s Luke Cage series, and will reprise the role in the upcoming Defenders series, also on Netflix.