Rising star Kelvin Harrison Jr. has joined Tracee Ellis Ross in the upcoming film, Covers.
Plot details are still scarce, but we do know that it is a comedy set against a backdrop “among the talent, fame, and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene.” Dakota Johnson and Zoe Chao also star.
Focus Features is distributing in the U.S. while Universal has the rights internationally. Covers was initially set to be directed by up-and-coming Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu, but the news of Ross and Johnson’s casting comes with the update that Nisha Ganatra is now the director.
Harrison has been busy and in-demand on the indie circuit for the last few years, appearing in films such as Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Monsters and Men and Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn. Coming up, he has the buzzy Sundance flick, Luce, which will be released in theaters via NEON this year, as well as the film from last year’s Sundance, All Rise (based on Walter Dean Myers’ Monster). He’s also a series regular opposite Forest Whitaker in the Epix mob drama period series, Godfather of Harlem, also debuting this year. He was tapped for his first studio feature, Universal’s The Photograph, also starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, which is due in February 2020.
Covers is the first major film role for Ross in over a decade.
Deadline first reported the news of Harrison’s casting.
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