Lathan will portray the film’s protagonist, Tracy Ellison, a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness.
Lathan is known for her starring roles in the films “The Best Man Holiday,” “Brown Sugar,” “Love & Basketball,” and her upcoming release, “The Perfect Guy.” Lathan will also star in Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2” and the upcoming production of “The Best Man Wedding.”
“I’m pleased to executive produce and star in Lionsgate and Codeblack’s incredible adaptation of Omar Tyree’s iconic Flyy Girl trilogy,” said Lathan. “So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film. It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.”
Tyree’s books have been read by over 8 million people worldwide and have grossed more than $30 million for publishing giant Simon & Schuster. His brand is one of the most talked about in the urban community and his products can be found in 12 countries.
“Both Sanaa Lathan and Geoffrey Fletcher are welcome additions to this project and we could not be happier to have them on board to help us bring this story to life,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “Lathan’s star power paired with Fletcher’s nuanced script work – we’re confident that Flyy Girl will prove to be a classic.”
In related news, Sanaa and her “Love And Basketball” co-stars celebrated the film’s 15th anniversary at the LA Film Festival last week. Sanaa and Omar Epps reunited for a special screening and Q&A for the film alongside its writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood.