A huge project has just been set by A24.
They’ve acquired the worldwide rights to Richard Wright’s novel, Native Son.
The film adaptation is written by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks and conceptual artist and photographer Rashid Johnson is directing in his feature film directorial debut. Johnson, in 2016, became the first artist appointed to the board of trustees for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum.
Ashton Sanders is closing a deal lead the ensemble cast in the major role of Bigger Thomas.
Other stars are set, including KiKi Layne, who toplines the ensemble cast for Barry Jenkins’ upcoming film, If Beale Street Could Talk and Love, Simon star Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Bill Camp.
A24 is still at it after having three Oscar contenders this year in Lady Bird, The Florida Project and The Disaster Artist, and of course, having Moonlight win Best Picture in 2017.
Here’s the description for Native Son: Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright’s powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.
The movie would take place in present-day Chicago.
This will be the third adaptation of the novel including a 1951 film starting Wright and a 1986 American Playhouse film that aired on PBS, starring Victor Love and Oprah.
Sanders is up next in the films Captive State and The Equalizer 2. Layne also appears in the latter.
Deadline first reported the news.