Atlanta star Lakeith Stanfield is in talks to join Gina Rodriguez in Netflix’s romantic comedy SOMEONE GREAT, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. If a deal makes, this would be Stanfield’s fifth Netflix film following War Machine, Death Note, The Incredible Jessica James and the upcoming drama Come Sunday.
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (MTV’s Sweet/Vicious) is directing from her own original screenplay. The film follows a young woman (Rodriguez) who suffers a devastating breakup and decides to seek adventure in New York City with her two best friends before she moves across the country for her dream job.
Brittany Snow and DeWanda Wise will play Rodriguez’s two best friends, while Stanfield is poised to play Rodriguez’s ex-boyfriend.
Rodriguez is producing via her I Can and I Will Productions banner along with Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson of Feigco Entertainment, and Anthony Bregman and Peter Cron of Likely Story. Feigco’s Dan Magnante and Likely Story’s Stefanie Azpiazu will serve as executive producers alongside Kaytin Robinson, while I Can and I Will’s Emily Gipson will serve as a co-producer on the project. Production is slated to start next week.
Stanfield recently starred in Jordan Peele’s Best Picture nominee Get Out and he made a memorable appearance onstage at the Oscars in support of that film. Stanfield can currently be seen on FX’s hit series Atlanta, which just started its second season, and he’ll soon be seen as the lead in the Sundance sensation Sorry to Bother You. He’s also part of the impressive ensemble of Sony’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Stanfield’s past credits include Short Term 12, Selma, Dope, Straight Outta Compton, and Crown Heights, the latter of which proved he’s well-equipped to be a leading man. Stanfield is represented by CAA, Stark Management and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.
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