*Regina King has joined the cast of “The Harder They Fall,” a new Western for Netflix starring Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors.
Additional cast members include Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Edi Gathegi and RJ Cyler.
As reported by Variety, the new movie is written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin. The story follows Nat Love (Majors), an outlaw who reunites with his gang to seek revenge on the man who killed his parents (Elba).
Okay, the anticipation for “The Harder They Fall” just got SUPER real!!
The amazing Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi and RJ Cyler join Jonathan Majors and Idris Elba in the Western – coming soon to @netflix!! pic.twitter.com/MHvhOdIUNH
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) September 11, 2020
In related news, Regina King made history at the Venice Film Festival by becoming the first Black female director to be selected to premiere in its 88-year-long history.
Speaking in a press conference via Zoom at the festival on Monday, King spoke about her directorial debut “One Night in Miami,” and the pressure for it to perform well.
“Unfortunately, across the world, that’s how things seem to work. One woman gets a shot and if she does not succeed, it shuts thing down for years until someone else gets a shot,” she said, according to Variety.
“I am so grateful for our film to be a part of the festival but I really, really want it to perform well. There’s so much talent out there — so many talented directors — so if One Night in Miami gets it done here, you’ll get to see a lot more of us,” she added.
King’s film is an adaptation of Kemp Powers’ stage play of the same name about the real-life meeting between Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke after Clay’s surprise win over Sonny Liston in February 1964.
The actress is Emmy-nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for HBO’s Watchmen.