Issa Rae to Play Nina Simone in Hansberry Biopic

Issa Rae to play Nina Simone in forthcoming Lorraine Hansberry biopic.

Shadow & Act reports that a biopic based on the life of  Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun) is in development. Taye Hansberry2Hansberry (grand niece of Lorraine Hansberry), and Numa Perrier (The Couple on YouTube) are currently writing the script, which will star Taye in the title role, and be directed by Perrier. In addition, they have casted Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae as Nina Simone, who was a good friend of Lorraine Hansberry until she died.

Via Shadow & Act:
Issa Rae is set to play Nina Simone, who was a close friend of Lorraine until her death. And Jaleel White will play James Baldwin, Hansberry’s close friend and confidant. Will Stewart (Casting Director for Scandal) is casting the project, with additional announcements to come. Production is slated to begin in early fall, with the project now heading into the pre-production stage. Living quite an involved life, Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. She’s likely most-known for her seminal play about a struggling black family in Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun (a line taken from a Langston Hughes poem). It was the first play produced on Broadway by an African American woman. It opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 11, 1959, and was a great success.

 Now that’s how you cast a biopic! Congrats to Issa Rae and everyone working to make this project come to fruition.