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Sanaa Lathan Joins Film Adaptation of ‘Native Son’ as Bigger Thomas’ Mother

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*Sanaa Lathan will play the matriarch in A24’s big-screen adaptation of Richard Wright’s iconic book “Native Son.”

As previously reported, “Moonlight” star Ashton Sanders will play the protagonist Bigger Thomas.

Lathan will play Trudy Thomas, a widow who is doing her best to raise three children in a small and cramped but tidy Chicago apartment. When her new boyfriend helps arrange a job interview for her eldest son Bigger to work as a chauffeur for a local real estate magnate, a chain of events is triggered that will have devastating consequences for both families.

Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson and Bill Camp round out the cast. The project has been adapted to the present day by Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and is being directed by Rashid Johnson.

Lathan, whose recent credits include CBS Films’ “American Assassin” and Fox’s “Shots Fired,” is next up in the Netflix original film “Nappily Ever After” and has a recurring role on Season 4 of Showtime’s “The Affair.”

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