While Gregg Araki, that provocateur, has already begun shooting his new picture, White Bird in a Blizzard (evidence is below), a late-in-the-game addition has just been contracted. On her own Facebook page, Angela Bassett — who I’ve just learned has a Facebook page — announced her work on the movie, singling out Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe as one of her partners in a scene. But, they’re not the only ones working with Araki. (As if you thought that in the first place.)
Just last week did news hit that Christopher Meloni has the movie’s central male role, putting him in the same ranks as Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Eva Green, and Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead); the first of those three is the real star, though, playing a young woman put into great distress after her mother disappears. Bassett will appear as a character named Dr. Thaler, while another recent addition, Mark Indelicato, is playing a high school outcast. [Variety]
For some simple shots of Woodley in the midst of production, take a look below (via JustJared):
Then there’s another bit regarding the actress: In July, we reported that Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jennifer Hudson were hoping to lead a stage musical adaptation, Black Nativity, with Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, Eve’s Bayou) already in the director’s chair. They just needed a lead, and then things would be running.
But they never found him, nor did Jackson even sign. Misinformation has been afoot, but BlackFilm manage to clear things up, and even with good news: Forest Whitaker is stepping into the role which was almost sort of never actually occupied, a Harlem-based Reverend and grandfather to someone he’s never actually met. In the Langston Hughes play upon which this is based, this boy’s mother (Hudson) sends the chap off to live with her own father and mother (Bassett), an experience where he comes to learn “about the importance of faith and family” through teachings about Christmas day’s true meaning. Surprisingly (and nicely), this means Whitaker will get to play multiple people in a nativity scene.
Lemmons is still aboard, and shooting is scheduled to commence in January.
Should Bassett and Araki make for a good combination? What do you think of the team on Black Nativity?
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