Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, Erika Alexander, Adam Brody, Myra Lucretia Taylor, and John Ortiz are set to star in the film adaptation of Percival Everett’s novel, Erasure. They all join Jeffrey Wright who was previously cast in the main role.
The project which was just acquired by Orion Pictures will be written and directed by Cord Jefferson. The project serves as his feature directorial debut.
The yet-to-be-titled movie centers on Thelonious “Monk” Ellison (Wright), an English professor and author who writes a satirical novel under a pseudonym, aiming to lay bare the hypocrisies of the publishing world. The book’s immediate success forces Monk to get deeper enmeshed in his assumed identity and challenges his closely-held world views.
“As longtime fans of Cord, we are thrilled to be a part of his feature film debut and for the opportunity to share his vision with global audiences,” Orion Pictures President Alana Mayo said in a statement. “His adaptation of Everett’s biting novel and Jeffrey’s brilliant take on the character, along with this incredibly talented cast, create a wonderful alchemy to tell this story.”
The project recently wrapped filming in Boston.
The project comes from from Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman’s T-Street and MRC and is produced by T-Street’s Ben LeClair and Nikos Karamigios, 3 Arts Jermaine Johnson and Cord Jefferson.
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