Soon to become the youngest black executive producer in Hollywood history as her new comedy film ‘Little’ hits theaters on April 12th, Marsai Martin is making her mark on Hollywood early. The 14-year-old ‘Black-ish’ star has signed a first-look production deal with Universal Pictures under her production company, Genius Productions.
The first film under Martin’s deal with Universal is a comedy called ‘StepMonster’, in which she will star as a teenager adjusting to life with a new stepmother. According to Variety, Martin will develop scripted projects for Universal alongside Genius Productions co-founder Joshua Martin, VP Carol Martin, and head of creative Prince Baggett.
“Working with emerging talent is a cornerstone of Universal’s overall slate strategy and Marsai is a star on the rise,” Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer said. “She is not only tremendously talented in front of the camera but offers a unique perspective as a creator and producer that will resonate with all audiences. We look forward to moviegoers getting to see how brilliant she is in ‘Little’ and watching her evolve as a filmmaker here at Universal.”
Marsai Martin expressed her excitement about the new partnership and wants to use this as an example to young girls that you can never be too young to pursue your dreams.
“I am so excited for the magic I’ll be able to create and produce with Universal,” Martin said. “Mr. Cramer and Ms. Langley’s commitment to investing in, and uplifting diverse and young voices is both refreshing and important, and I’m happy to be a part of that legacy. My goal is to show young women and girls that our voices and ideas matter and you are never too young to dream BIG!”