Reginae says she wants to quit college and pursue an acting career. As expected, Toya wasn’t happy about it, The YBF reports, but Reginae has already set out on her quest. According to Deadline, Reginae will star in the Lifetime original movie, “Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta.” It’s a contemporary take on Jane Austen’s early 19th-century classic, following the 2005 adaptation film, “Pride and Prejudice.”
Here’s a quick synopsis of the film and the cast:
Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta features an African-American cast led by Reginald VelJohnson as Reverend Bennet, a pastor of a prominent Southern Baptist church, and his wife, Mrs. Bennet (Jackée Harry), author of a self-help book on how to find the perfect husband. Needless to say, Mrs. Bennet is less than thrilled that all five of their daughters — Lizzie (Tiffany Hines), Jane (Raney Branch), Mary (Brittney Level), Lydia (Reginae Carter) and Kitty (Alexia Bailey) — are still single. When the very eligible Will Darcy (Juan Antonio) arrives in town, Mrs. Bennet sets her sights on the handsome bachelor for daughter Lizzie, leading to a comedic modern-day take on themes familiar to fans of the novel.
Additional castmates include Keshia Knight Pulliam, Kellee Stewart, and Victoria Rowell. Rhonda Baraka will helm the film from a script by Tracy McMillan.
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In related news, Anika Noni Rose has landed the lead in TNT’s drama pilot, “Beast Mode,” a project inspired by famed boxing trainer Ann Wolfe.
Deadline has the details about the story:
Pulling herself and her two daughters up from poverty, abuse, homelessness, and criminality, Marsha Blackstone (Rose) reached the pinnacle of boxing as a fighter and has become equally as successful a trainer known for unconventional methods and a fiercely combative style. Driven by the belief that any step backward is a slippery slope to her former life, when the boxer Marsha trained to a world title fires her, this complex and inspiring woman is determined to find a new fighter to eclipse the one she lost, but her emotional baggage and militant style could be her undoing in her professional and personal life, especially with her two grown daughters, and a new baby on the way.
“Beast Mode” is reportedly the working title. Tina Mabry is set to direct the pilot. David Schneiderman will write it and produce alongside Ann Wolfe and MACRO in association with Studio T.