Samuel L Jackson, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson Join ‘Black Nativity’ Gospel Musical

Posted on July 5, 2012 /Film

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Fresh off the heels of their Broadway run in The Mountaintop, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett are in negotiations to reunite for Kasi Lemmons‘ film adaptation of Langston Hughes‘ gospel musical, Black Nativity, with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson in talks to join them.

According to Variety, the story follows “a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his single mother to Harlem to spend Christmas with the grandparents he’s never met. Through his grandfather’s Christmas Eve sermon and a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story, he learns about the importance of faith and family.”

Bassett and Jackson will play the estranged grandparents and Hudson will play the single mother to the teen boy.

Jackson can be seen next in Django Unchained, a film that is currently being shot in Louisiana. The actor was recently cast in MGM’s RoboCop remake and will also star in Marvel’s upcoming Captain America sequel. Basset, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the musical What’s Love Got to Do with it?, can be seen next in the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen. Lemmons, who was recently invited to join the academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, gained international success with her first film, the Jackson-led Eve’s Bayou.

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