Regina King Adds Awards and a Feature Directorial Debut to her Name
It is an exciting and busy time to be Regina King. The past week alone saw an announcement for an upcoming feature directorial debut as well as a Critics’ Choice win for Actress in a Drama Series.
She won the 25th Critics’ Choice Awards for her role as Angela Abar/ Sister Night in HBO’s award-winning freshman series,Watchmen. The night marked the third Critics’ Choice win for King, who previously received awards for her role in the 2016 television series American Crime and in the 2019 movie If Beale Street Could Talk.
King has been widely recognized for her prolific acting career over the years. In addition to being named one of Entertainment Weekly’s top Entertainers of 2019, King is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, BET, and NAACP award winner, just to name a few. But in her latest role behind the camera, the seasoned actress will add a new credit to her illustrious resume with her feature directorial debut of One Night in Miami.
The forthcoming film project is a screen adaptation of the 2013 stage play written by Kemp Powers. The story takes place on the night of February 25, 1964, following Cassius Clay’s (played by Eli Goree) defeat of Sonny Liston, which crowned him the title of the world’s newest heavyweight boxing champion. Clay, later called Muhammad Ali, celebrated his win at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s African American Overtown neighborhood.
The story then takes a fictional turn as it imagines Clay spending the night with social activist Malcolm X (played by Kingsley Ben-Adir), musician Sam Cooke (played by Leslie Odom Jr.), and NFL star Jim Brown (played by Aldis Hodge). King’s screen adaptation will depict the men discussing their responsibilities to help empower African Americans and to move the country towards equality.
“One Night in Miami is a love letter to black manhood that powerfully explores themes of race, identity and friendship,” King said in a statement. “We’re so excited to have Kingsley, Eli, Aldis and Leslie in the lead roles showing a different side of these iconic men.”
The film is currently in production in New Orleans and will be co-executive produced by Powers. Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, and Jody Klein will also produce.
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