Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is one of the most powerful pieces of literature within the American canon. The 2015 nonfiction work serves as a letter to the author’s son about the realities of being black in America. As first reported by Variety, HBO has acquired the rights to the story and has now set an absolutely star-studded group to fill out the ensemble cast.
Oprah Winfrey and Angela Bassett will lead the highly anticipated special. Additionally, Phylicia Rashad, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, and Courtney B. Vance round out the production’s cast as well. Per the initial report, the film will incorporate elements of the 2018 stage adaptation at the famous Apollo Theater. Moreover, the project will incorporate documentary archival footage with some animation sprinkled in.
The special feature will be directed by Apollo Theater’s Kamilah Forbes. In addition, Forbes will produce alongside Coates and Roger Ross Williams (Traveling While Black). Production is currently underway and it will reportedly debut this fall on HBO and later stream on HBO Max. The deep-dive into the black American experience is an extremely necessary story to tell especially in 2020. The Black Lives Matter movement has deservedly gained large mainstream support following the murders of innocents like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
In addition to these famous books and political activism, Coates has also written a Black Panther series and a Captain America series for Marvel Comics. Meanwhile, the legendary Oprah Winfrey last appeared in acting roles in A Wrinkle In Time and The Handmaid’s Tale. Angela Bassett is an iconic Golden Globe Award winner who will next lend her voice talents to Disney and Pixar’s Soul.
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