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Tessa Thompson & Nnamdi Asomugha To Star In Jazz-Era Romance Film ‘Sylvie’

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Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha will star in an upcoming jazz-era romance film titled ‘Sylvie.’ Set in New York City between the late 1950s and early 1960s, the film follows Sylvie (Thompson) who meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

According to Deadline, ‘Sylvie’ is currently in production and will be directed by Eugene Ashe, who also serves as the screenwriter. Asomugha and Thompson will not only star in the film, but the pair will also be producing and executive producing. Asomugha will produce the film through his iAm21 Entertainment label along with Jonathan Baker, Gabrielle Glore, and Matthew Thurm.

Tessa Thompson will also star in the upcoming film, ‘Men in Black: International,’ as well as the voice of character Lady in live-action/ CG hybrid remake of ‘Lady And The Tramp’ for Disney.

Tessa Thompson To Bring Story Of Doris Payne To Life In Jewelry Heist Film

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Doris Payne’s infamous lifestyle includes traveling the world and stealing jewelry and Tessa Thompson will play story out on the big screen. Thompson will also serve as producer on the movie along with Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan.

Payne who is now 87 years old would charm jewelry store employees into bringing out multiple elaborate pieces, posing as a wealthy woman who wanted to purchase a diamond ring. In the excitement , the clerk would often forget how many pieces were brought out and Payne would walk off with one or two new pieces of bling.

With a wrap sheet dating back to the 1950’s Payne’s notoriety can be deemed iconic among jewelry thieves and heist masters. She has been arrested many times and admits to having 20 physical identities, 10 Social Security numbers and nine birthdays. Payne’s story was developed into a documentary  where she described the details of most of her crimes.

The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne was released in 2013 and viewers were able to learn everything from her childhood introduction to crime all the way to a 2011 arrest for nabbing a diamond ring from a Macy’s jewelry counter.

The film starring Tessa Thompson as Doris Payne has yet to be named. The movie will be a high action drama film.  No release date is set.

Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe, Tessa Thompson And Danai Gurira To Be Honored By ESSENCE At Annual ‘Black Women In Hollywood’ Event

ESSENCE Magazine is all about celebrating black women, especially those whose accomplishments may be overlooked by other entities. Their annual Black Women In Hollywood event honors black women who elevate the culture with their skills and talents on and off screen. 2018’s honorees include Tiffany Haddish, Lena Waithe, Danai Gurira and Tessa Thompson.

Black Women In Hollywood is an annual event hosted by ESSENCE every year, the week of the Academy Awards. The 2018 edition will be the 11th installment of this black girl magic powered luncheon.

“Black Women in Hollywood event has become one of the most anticipated Oscar weekend happenings, serving as an uplifting gathering highlighting the phenomenal work of dynamic Black women in the industry. The elegant affair sees Hollywood’s biggest names come together to honor these game-changers, who continue to elevate the culture through their art form.” reports ESSENCE.

Past recipients of this prestigious honor include: Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi in 2017, Tracee Ellis Ross and Debbie Allen in 2016 and Regina King and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in 2015. This years class was chosen based on their abilities to change the game. Waithe, Haddish, Gurira and Thompson have all made moves on and off screen with a fearless approach to Hollywood.

The 2018 Black Women In Hollywood luncheon, which is presented by The Ford Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Geico, L’Oréal Paris and Walmart, will take place on Thursday, March 1, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.