Regina King Secures First Big Screen Director Role With ‘One Night In Miami’

by Taylor Handberry Staggers

July 15, 2019

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Coming soon, Regina King will be directing her first big-screen picture. Making this news even more exciting, the film will be an adaptation of the infamous play One Night In Miami and will bear the same title.

The Oscar-winning actress is no stranger to the director’s chair having directed episodes from some of television’s most popular series such as This Is Us, Scandal, and The Good Doctor.

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The play, written by Kemp Powers, is centered around a historic evening in 1964 after Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali won a championship against Sonny Liston in Miami but was unable to attend celebration parties due to Jim Crow laws. Instead, he spent the evening in a motel with Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and football legend Jim Brown. The plot explores what the night’s conversation may have been like between this iconic group of men.

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Deadline reports that the movie’s soundtrack will feature music from Cooke, most notably his infamous track, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Earlier this year as the 48-year-old accepted her first Golden Globe, she vowed that for the next two years her projects would be “50 percent women.” Though no other details such as a cast list or other production members have been announced, we are excited to see what direction King will take with this much-anticipated film.

It seems like the trend of bringing scripts by black playwrights to motion picture is really taking off, as not long ago it was announced that Denzel Washington signed a deal with Netflix to feature several August Wilson plays, starting with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

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