Tati Gabrielle, Kyanna Simone, Abigail Achiri have been cast in Tina Mabry’s The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat.
They all join previously cast leads Sanaa Lathan, Aunjanue Ellis, Uzo Aduba as best friends, dubbed “The Supremes” in project for Searchlight Pictures.
The film is an adaptation of Edward Kelsey Moore’s 2013 NY Times best-selling novel. Tina Mabry is directing from a script by Gina Prince-Bythewood with revisions by Mabry.
Vondie Curtis Hall, Julian McMahon, Tony Winters, Russell Hornsby and Mekhi Phifer also star in the Searchlight Pictures movie, which has begun principal photography in North Carolina.
The film adaptation of Moore’s debut novel follows best friends Odette, Barbara Jean and Clarice, who consider Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat diner a “home away from home” in their Indiana town. According to a synopsis, the trio (known as “The Supremes”) has “weathered life’s storms together for decades through marriage and children, happiness and the blues. Now, they will have to rely on their strong bond to survive their most challenging year yet as race, heartbreak and illness stir up the past and threaten to destroy their friendship.”
Gabrielle, Simone, and Achiri will play younger versions of Lathan, Ellis, and Aduba’s characters, respectively.
Hornsby has been cast in a key role in the project, specifics of which are being kept under wraps. And Winters is cast as Earl.
Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s Temple Hill Entertainment is producing, with Production Heads DanTram Nguyen and Katie Goodson-Thomas overseeing for Searchlight, along with Director of Production Zahra Phillips and Creative Executive Apolline Berty.