Casting News: New Roles for Octavia Spencer, Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones, Octavia Spencer

Casting News: New Roles for Octavia Spencer, Leslie Jones

Plus, Jaden Smith and Maya Rudolph sign up for comedy series.

Published January 28, 2015

Who ya gonna call when you're planning an all-female remake of comedy classic Ghostbusters? Well, in the case of director Paul Feig, you'd call SNL standout Leslie Jones. The comedienne will join Kristen WiigMelissa McCarthy and her fellow SNL-er Kate McKinnon for the highly anticipated film.

The actresses will take over the roles made famous by Bill MurrayDan AykroydHarold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. The reboot is expected to shoot in New York City this summer.

Octavia Spencer, meanwhile, is lining up her next project on the heels of her acclaimed role in the upcoming drama Black or White. Spencer will play Mary Seacole in a biopic on the Jamaican nurse, who butted heads with Florence Nightengale during the Crimean War. She became a worldwide sensation, eventually becoming the first Black female bestselling author.

Spencer will re-team with Brunson Green, who produced The Help, for the project. 

Lastly, Jaden Smith and Maya Rudolph have signed on for Brothers in Atlanta, an upcoming HBO series created by Lorne Michaels and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. The series, described as "a comedy about struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the Black mecca of Atlanta," will be executive produced by Tim Story (Think Like a Man), who will also direct the pilot.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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