I don’t know how many straight white guys are watching Insecure on HBO, but I’m one of them. As someone who loved both Girls and Sex and the City, I find Insecure to be a worthy successor to those female-driven series that also works on its own terms. And as much credit as the great Issa Rae deserves for the groundbreaking show, it’s time to give props to her co-star Yvonne Orji, who just signed on to join Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in the Universal comedy NIGHT SCHOOL, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Orji is fantastic week-in and week-out as headstrong attorney Molly Carter on Insecure, and I’m not surprised that a studio has come calling with a major role in what should be a hit comedy. I’m not sure what role Orji will be playing, but I actually think she’d make a great straight-arrow foil for Hart, Haddish and their gang of misfits — who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.
Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) is directing from a script that will be credited to Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard and Nick Stoller, based on a story by Hart.
Will Packer will produce under his eponymous shingle along with Hart and his Hartbeat Productions banner. James Lopez will executive produce and Universal exec Kristin Lowe will oversee the project for the studio, which will release Night School on Sept. 28, 2018.
Orji will make her feature film debut in Night School, though we imagine she’ll be racking up movie credits pretty quickly as more people discover Insecure and all its pleasures. Orji, who previously appeared on a couple episodes of Jane the Virgin, is represented by UTA, and Deadline broke the news of her casting.
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