‘Black Nativity’ gets shelved due to lack of black leading men
The film was scheduled to start production next month with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Oscar nominee Angela Bassett set to star in supporting roles. However, when Samuel L. Jackson and a few other famous names passed on the project, movie execs got worried and pulled the plug. It’s been said that some studios believe only a handful of black male actors can carry an entire film. That list includes Jackson, Tyler Perry, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Don Cheadle and Eddie Murphy.
‘Black Nativity’ tells the story of a teenage boy 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. Hudson was set to play the mother, and Bassett signed on for the grandmother role. The film never found it’s grandfather.
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