Lynn Whitfield has been stealing the spotlight since 1986 when she starred alongside Denzel Washingtonin The George McKenna story. That’s why it comes as no surprise that Greenleaf creator Craig Wright is planning to build a spinoff centered around Whitfield’s character, Lady Mae Greenleaf.
“Well, he’s working,” the NAACP Image Award-winning actress told TVLine in a recent interview. “I’ve not read anything, but I know that he’s been working on it, and you know how brilliant he is.”
[SPOILER ALERT] As fans may recall, the series ended with the death of Bishop James Greenleaf. This opens up the possibility for new plotlines as well as love interests and drama for the beloved character.
“Craig, with all of his gusto, all of his talent and creativity… I think he’s thinking about it quite a lot. And we have had some conversations,” added the 68-year-old. “But, you know, the nature of our relationship is so funny. He’ll say, ‘What would Lady Mae like — red or white or blue?’ I’ll say, ‘Oh, blue,’ and he’ll say, ‘OK, got it.’ And then he goes off and comes back with something brilliant. So we have had a few of those kinds of conversations. We just have to wait to see where we end up.”
This isn’t the first time there’s been chatter around a Lady Mae spinoff. Wright teased the possibility last year to TVLine saying “I think Lady Mae’s new role as pastor of this church or another church is definitely going to be tentpole of whatever we do next.”
“When I saw her [preaching], it made me even more excited about the spinoff, because when you hear Lady Mae talking about how to love the past enough to let it go and how to look for the future, it’s just so exciting to me to do another chapter in the story.”
It appears that Whitfield is completely on board stating, “I think it would be fun to see where she lands.”