Issa Rae Set to Play Nina Simone in Lorraine Hansberry Biopic
A biopic based on the life of famed playwright Lorraine Hansberry is reportedly in the works.
While details are a bit scarce, a few interesting ones have emerged.
Taye Hansberry and Numa Perrier are penning the scrip, and Jaleel White has been cast as the legendary James Baldwin.
And Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae is set to play Nina Simone.
Production is slated to begin in early fall, with the project now heading into the pre-production stage.
Living quite an involved life, Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. She’s likely most-known for her seminal play about a struggling black family in Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun (a line taken from a Langston Hughes poem).
It was the first play produced on Broadway by an African American woman. It opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 11, 1959, and was a great success.
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