Richard Wright’s literary work Native Son is being adapted for the big-screen and actress Sanaa Lathan has joined the cast. The film will be developed and produced by Bow and Arrow Entertainment’s Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman.
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So thrilled to be a part of bringing this iconic story to life #NativeSon 🖤 #Repost @blackfilm_com ・・・ @deadline is reporting that actress #sanaalathan has joined the cast of A24’s adaptation of Richard Wright‘s acclaimed novel, Native Son, with Moonlight’s #AshtonSanders taking on the iconic role of Bigger Thomas. Lathan will play Trudy Thomas, a widow who is doing her best to raise three children in a small and cramped but tidy Chicago apartment. When her new boyfriend helps arrange a job interview for her eldest son Bigger (Sanders) to work as a chauffeur for local real estate magnate, a chain of events is triggered that will have devastating consequences for both families. Rashid Johnson will direct the film from a screenplay written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.
Reported by Deadline, Lathan will take the role of Trudy Thomas, a widow raising three children in a small Chicago apartment. Thomas’ new boyfriend arranges an interview for her eldest son resulting in a string of devastating consequences to both her family and his.
The A24 project also stars Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) in the role of Trudy Thomas’ oldest son. The film also hosts the talents of Nick Robinson, Bill Camp, Connie Nielsen, Margaret Qualley and KiKI Layne.
Native Son a novel written by Richard Wright follows the story of Bigger Thomas, as he lives in an underprivileged area on Chicago’s South Side. Published in 1940, the book sold 250,000 hardcover copies within three weeks of the release date.