Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Angela Bassett and more Jumping The Broom casting news.

I swear this is not going to turn into the JTB blog but I'm very excited about the latest news about our movie.


From The Hollywood Reporter:

THR EXCLUSIVE

By Borys Kit and Jay A. Fernandez

June 29, 2010, 11:00 PM ET

Angela Bassett will star alongside Paula Patton in Columbia's "Jumping the Broom," a wedding-themed ensemble comedy directed by Salim Akil.

Also joining the cast are Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine and Romeo Miller.

"Broom" revolves around the clash of two black families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum meeting for the first time during a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard.

Bassett will play Patton's mother, an heiress and a pillar of the Washington elite. Miller plays Patton's cousin, a senior at Yale. Alonso will play Patton's love interest. Shooting begins in early summer in Nova Scotia.

Arlene Gibbs wrote the script, which is undergoing a minor rewrite by Elizabeth Hunter. Bishop T.D. Jakes, Curtis Wallace, Tracey Edmonds, Glendon Palmer and Elizabeth Hunter are producing.

Bassett just wrapped shooting on "Green Lantern," playing Dr. Amanda Waller in the Martin Campbell-helmed Warner Bros. tentpole. She is casting her directorial debut, "United States," which is slated to go before cameras in the fall. She is repped by Gersh and Lighthouse Entertainment

Alonso, repped by ICM and Thruline, appeared in "Avatar" and has the remake of "Straw Dogs" in the can. Devine, repped by Innovative Artists, appeared in the April release "Death at a Funeral"; rapper-actor Miller, repped by Fortitude and Adam Robinson, toplined the 2004-06 Nickelodeon series "Romeo!"

33 comments:

AntoBlueberry said...

Great news and a really nice cast.

Annie said...

Brava Arlene! All sounds real good.

gibber said...

Yay, yay, yay! This is great news. I feel big things comin for ya sis.

Italianissima said...

Bravissima!!! What a thrill to see your name in print. Look forward to hearing more about it!

Viajera said...

They brought out the BIG GUNS!! Angela Bassett?!! Kudos!

erin :: the olive notes said...

yay! great news...it's moving right along :) so happy for you

GGirl2 said...

Wow, this is awesome. I got goose pimples reading it. So happy for you, keep at it. I get the feeling that is is just the tip of your huge success iceberg.

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

OMGOMGOMG...this is AWESOME! Hey as much good news comes in on the film is as much as I want to see here! Wooooohooooooo! xx

Linda said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats!

Waiting to Exhale was on cable a couple of weekends ago and I got to see Loretta Devine again. Now there is an underutilized actor in my opinion! I love her. Of course Ms. Bassett goes without saying....

I'm very happy for you. You're a lesson in hard work and preparation.

Linda

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Grazie mille tutti!!

Yvonne said...

I just read the news in the Hollywood Reporter and popped over to send you congrats. I was so pleased and proud to see them give you props as screenwriter. You're my shero!

Eleonora said...

Woo hoo!! Bravaaa! Wonderful news and great cast, I worked with Laz on Miracle at St Anna. Angela Basset is awesome.

CONGRATULATIONS, you did it!!

glamah16 said...

Hey ita your blog , so tell us the good news! Amazing. Cant wait to see this.

Jill said...

Congrats, this is so cool and I definitely look forward to reading more about your movie in the near future! Bravissima!!

This Time Now said...

Congratulations!!!!!!

Simone said...

CONGRATS!!!! How excited are you?

J.Doe said...

Congratulations!

Anali said...

Can't wait to see this movie!Congratulations! ; )

La Diva Sim said...

I'm very excited about Angela Bassett being in a romantic comedy but isnt she a little young to play Paula Patton's mother? I hope this will be addressed in the film. Either way, kudos!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Thanks everyone...fingers crossed production starts later this month.

Regarding the age issue. No, Angela isn't too young to play Paula's mom. She's a great actress and I'm sure audiences will believe she's a few years older.

Angela's character is in her early 50s,

Paula Patton is playing someone in her late 20s.

JCinNYC said...

This is so fantastic! I could not be happier for you. You are such a talented woman with so much great success ahead. Can't wait to hear more. Congratulations!

GigiSxm said...

Congrats again!!!!!

There are some big name producers behind your film, i know this is old school but 'you go girl!'

i just love Loretta Devine and Angela Bassett.

Will you be on set during shooting???
this is so exiting!

Anonymous said...

Great news! Your hard work and dedication continues to pay off.

Ms. Violetta

Claudia DeRubeis said...

Excellent!! Great news!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Thanks....

No, I won't be in Canada. There's no need for me to go to set.

fashion survivor said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it and brag to everyone about how I know the screenwriter.

Jessica said...

Congratulations! This is so exciting!

Tracie P. said...

arlene!! that's great! tantissimi auguri!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

grazie ladies!

odessa said...

oh wow! why did i miss this great news?! sometimes i skim through my google reader really fast and skip a few items. nevertheless, congrats!! i am so happy and inspired by you. cheers!!! :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

thank you!!

Liane Spicer said...

I missed this... Huge congrats! This just feels right!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

thanks Liane!!