Casting News: What Sanaa Lathan, Gabrielle Union Are Up to Next

Casting News: What Sanaa Lathan, Gabrielle Union Are Up to Next

The Perfect Guy actress to star in racially charged drama series.

Published October 7, 2015

Two of our favorite actresses have new projects in the works for 2016. 

Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union will star in and executive produce the holiday comedy A Meyer's Christmas for director David E. Talbot (Baggage Claim) and super-producer Will Packer. Originally titled A Meyers Thanksgiving, the film centers on an estranged family brought together over Christmas for the first time since their mother's passing. A Meyer's Christmas will hit theaters next November.

Sanaa Lathan, hot off the success of her thriller The Perfect Guy is teaming up with Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood for a serialized television drama about a racially charged police killing in Texas. The project reunites Sanaa and Gina after their collaboration on the beloved movie Love & Basketball.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the untitled drama examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee. Lathan will play an expert investigator who digs into the case, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and the social unrest that comes with such a volatile case, as they seek justice before the divided town erupts in a race war.  

You can catch it on the Fox network next year as well, and in the meantime, check out our recent interview with Sanaa, below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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