Lifetime’s upcoming two-hour romantic comedy The 10th Date, is set to star Kelly Rowland, Meagan Good (Think Like a Man), singer-songwriter Keri Hilson, and Kellee Stewart (The Soul Man).
The film is written and directed by Nzingha Stewart, and follows four friends in Los Angeles who are on their journey to landing the coveted 10th date, aka the date that symbolizes the moment that a man finally feels committed to being in a relationship. Good stars as Gabby who, along with her friends Nell (Stewart), Billie (Hilson), and Margot (Rowland), is an ambitious career woman working at an upscale website run by Deeley’s Maureen in Los Angeles. Dealing with marital issues, work-life balance, and pesky exes, the four of them struggle to navigate the highs and lows of modern dating.
The cast also includes UnREAL’s Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Emmy nominee and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley, and Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder).
The 10th Date marks a second partnership between Stewart and Lifetime. In 2015, Stewart was the writer and director of the Lifetime original movie With this Ring starring Regina Hall, Jill Scott, and Eve.
Stewart began making her mark in the entertainment industry as one of the hottest female music video directors in the game. She won several awards for and shot over a hundred music videos for artists such as Joss Stone, Common, Eve, Jay-Z, Kanye West, 50 Cent, and more.
“I didn’t always want to go into film. I felt stifled or thought that I would be stifled by movies. I didn’t think I could do a video like Bilal’s Soul Sista in black and white with African models in the film industry. But that’s not necessarily true.” – Nzingha Stewart
For Colored Girls was her feature film directorial debut, and she went on to start a production company with Gabrielle Union called Stew U with the goal of developing projects for black women. Stewart has directed episodes of Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Major Crimes, and The Game. Most recently she directed and wrote the Lifetime original movie, With This Ring, produced by Gabrielle Union and Tracey Edmonds. The film was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards. Stewart is currently set to direct and write Ben Stiller’s Red Hour productions Hulu series, Bitches.