Teyana Taylor may be retiring from music, but she is expanding her acting resume. The multi-hyphenate entertainer is set to star in A.V. Rockwell’s feature debut A Thousand and One.
The film follows Inez (Taylor), who kidnaps six-year-old Terry from the foster care system. Holding onto their secret and each other, mother and son set out to reclaim their home, as well as their identity and stability, in a rapidly changing New York City.
Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev, Hillman Grad Productions’ Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani, and Makeready’s Brad Weston are producing the drama. Sight Unseen’s Oren Moverman and Rachel Jacobs and Makeready’s Negin Salmasi are executive producing. Focus Features will distribute the film in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally.
Production is underway in New York City, but the remainder of the cast has yet to be shared.
Taylor’s acting credits include Tyler Perry’s Big Happy Family, Star, and Stomp The Yard 2. She most recently starred in Coming to America 2 as Bopoto. She currently has a reality series We Got Love Teyana & Iman that will debut on VH1 on August 18th.