Black-ish and Grown-ish actress Yara Shahidi  currently in negotiations to star in the movie adaptation of the bestselling YA novel “The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon.  Girls Trip scribe Tracy Oliver wrote the adaptation for “The Sun Is Also a Star.”

The Nicola Yoon novel, which was a 2016 National Book Award finalist, centers on a teenage girl who falls in love with a boy 12 hours before her family is set to be deported to Jamaica.  Yoon’s romance novel “Everything, Everything” was also adapted into a film in 2017 and starred Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson.

Yara Shahidi started her career at the tender age of 6, appearing in television and print ads for companies such as McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren, Target, GapKids, Disney, Guess Kids, and The Children’s Place. Her film debut was opposite Eddie Murphy in Imagine That, for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best performance in a Feature Film.  For Black-ish, she took home a 2014 NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Last year, she signed on to model with New York Women Management modeling agency in hopes to provide a platform for more women of color in diverse roles, currently stars in her own spinoff series for Freeform series, Grown-ish, in which her Black-ish character goes off to college.