Sanaa Lathan, Haifaa Al-Mansour Team for “Nappily Ever After” Movie at Netflix

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Shots Fired star is set to topline , a new Netflix movie that will be directed by  (Wadjda), the Tracking Board has learned.

Based on the book by Trish R. Thomas, Nappily Ever After follows Violent Johnson (Lathan), who has a seemingly flawless life — a great , a handsome doctor boyfriend, and a meticulously maintained perfect coiffure. But after an accident at the hair-dresser, each of these things start to unravel, and Violet begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted.

Violet starts to put the pieces back together with a little help from a soulful barber and his young daughter. She finds the courage to cast off some of the things that she didn’t really need, starting with her perfectly straightened hair, and find a life that has real meaning.

will co-star as Lathan’s father, an aspiring mature male model.

wrote the screenplay, with later drafts contributed by Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks, Silver and Black director . The project actually doubles as a reunion of sorts between Lathan and Prince-Bythewood, who previously worked together on Love & Basketball.

Lathan will produce with , Jared Leboff and Tracey Bing, for whom this project has been a labor of love. She developed Nappily Ever After for 15 years before bringing the film to Netflix.

will executive produce alongside Vincent Cirrincione and Mark Moran. Production will begin later this month in Atlanta.

Netflix is fully financing the project, which is a continuation of the streaming service’s global film strategy of working directly with independent filmmakers and . Netflix will distribute Nappily Ever After to its 104 million customers worldwide sometime in 2018.

Lathan recently appeared in Now You See Me 2, and she next stars opposite Dylan O’Brien in American Assassin. She’s represented by .

Al-Mansour’s next movie, Mary Shelley, stars Elle Fanning as the “Frankenstein” author, and will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. She’s repped by , and Loeb & Loeb.

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