Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett Tapped for Black Nativity

Jennifer Hudson also in talks to star.

Posted: 07/06/2012 10:00 AM EDT

Hollywood’s looking to bring some Langston Hughes to the box office this Christmas.


According to Variety, Fox Searchlight is in talks with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett to star in Black Nativity, a film based on Hughes' gospel musical that was first performed on Broadway in 1961.


The story centers on a Black teen from Baltimore whose mother sends him to Harlem to spend Christmas with the grandparents he's never met. While listening to his grandfather's Christmas Eve sermon, the boy imagines the retelling of the classic Nativity story and learns about the importance of faith and family.


The teen’s role hasn’t been cast, but Jackson and Bassett have been tapped to play Rev. Clarence and Aretha Cobbs, his estranged grandparents. Jennifer Hudson is in negotiations to land the part of the boy's mother.


Kasi Lemmons
, who directed Talk to Me and Eve’s Bayou, will write and direct the film.


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