K'Naan to Direct The Poet , Mehcad Brooks Joins Supergirl

K'Naan to Direct The Poet , Mehcad Brooks Joins Supergirl

Somali rapper wins for Sundance Global Filmmaking Award.

Published January 29, 2015

K'Naan is turning his creative eye toward filmmaking. The Somali rapper, who recently split from girlfriend Lupita Nyong'o, will direct The Poet, about an orphan who takes a dangerous journey to Mogadishu to find his long-lost sister.

The project will be his debut behind the camera, though K'Naan won the Global Filmmaking Award and a $10,000 grant at the Sundance Film Festival this year for being an "emerging global filmmaker."

Meanwhile, Desperate Housewives and Necessary Roughness star Mehcad Brooks has found a new home on television. The actor will co-star in CBS's Supergirl, playing "smart, worldly photographer" Jimmy Olsen, according to the press release. Glee's Melissa Benoist will play the title role.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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