So, Christmas is a l-o-n-g way off, but it’s always exciting to hear about upcoming Christmas movies!
Fox Searchlight Pictures has just announced the release date of “Black Nativity” which will open nationwide on November 27, 2013. For those who don’t know, “Black Nativity” is NOT a horror movie that takes place during Christmas. Rather, it is an adaptation of Langston Hughes’ holiday musical play that is shown on stages all around the country every year. Fox Searchlight describes this particular version this way: “Black Nativity" follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.”
This is pretty exciting news. The screenplay and direction duties are handled by Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou” and “Talk to Me”), the music by Grammy Award-Winning Raphael Saadiq and has an incredible cast. In addition to those mentioned above, the film also includes Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones and Grace Gibson.