Whereas biopic movies could also be all-the-rage as of late, Hulu goes to attempt one thing completely different. As we speak, the streaming service introduced that they’ll be pairing up with Lee Daniels to create a restricted sequence across the lifetime of legendary singer Sammy Davis Jr. And to inform the story behind one of many biggest entertainers of all time, they’re going to wish an actor that’s as much as the half. Enter multi-hyphenated performer, Elijah Kelley. A triple risk as an actor, singer, and dancer, musical theater and movie followers alike are certain to know Kelley from his appearances in initiatives together with 2007’s Hairspray, The Wiz Dwell!, and the motion movie, Crimson Tails. The sequence will mark a reunion for Kelley and Daniels who’ve beforehand labored collectively on the characteristic movie, The Butler and Fox’s Star.
Tailored from Wil Haygood’s ebook, In Black and White: The Lifetime of Sammy Davis Jr., the sequence will give viewers an inside look into Davis Jr.’s early years in addition to his rise to fame. From his starting days as a vaudevillian performer, the place he gained notoriety as one of many high Black entertainers of the Nineteen Fifties and ‘60s, to his trip all the way in which to the highest of the charts, the sequence will depart no stone unturned. It would additionally do a deep dive on who Davis Jr. was behind the music, specializing in his time in Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack and the competition surrounding his illustrious affairs with a few of Hollywood’s most notable white actresses, his marriage to Swedish actress Could Britt, his surprising conversion to Judaism, his political ties and tight-knit private relationship with each the Kennedy household and Richard Nixon, and his battle with substance abuse.
Together with creating the sequence, Daniels may even government produce, direct the primary two episodes, and pen the sequence with Thomas Westfall. The pair have beforehand labored collectively on each Empire, Star, and The Butler with Westfall additionally holding credit as an affiliate producer on The US vs. Billie Vacation. Westfall may even government produce within the yet-to-be-named sequence. Kelley will add producer to his title within the present the place he’ll serve alongside the first supply’s writer, Haygood. Rounding out the manufacturing workforce shall be government producer Marc Toberoff.
With numerous different musicians and entertainers getting their time within the solar, we’re joyful to listen to that Davis Jr.’s thrilling, albeit semi-controversial life will take the primary stage of this new venture. Whereas we find out about Daniels and Kelley’s involvement, that is solely the tip of the iceberg. As all the time, we’ll maintain you posted with new data because it rolls out.
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