‘Rob Peace’: Mary J. Blige will produce, with a script from writer-director Chiwetel Ejiofor

Exclusive: 2x Academy Award nominee Mary J. blitz (the mud) along they are set Tulsa KingJay Will in the upcoming drama lord peace. Through his banner Blue Butterfly, he will also produce the film written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, which is currently in production.

Based on the best-selling biography by Jeff Hobbs The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Shanti: A brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League, the film follows a young man who grows up in a delinquent section of Newark, NY and later graduates from Yale with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry earned on a scholarship. Shanti led a double life in the insular world of academia and as a cancer and infectious disease lab researcher, all the while making six figures from selling marijuana. He was killed in a drug-related shooting in 2011.

Blige will play Rob’s mother Jackie, while Ejiofor will play his father.

Los Angeles Media Fund is producing lord peace, in collaboration with hill district media and participants. Producers include Antoine Fuqua, Rebecca Hobbs, Kat Samik, Andrea Calderwood, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman and Alex Kurtzman, and Jenny Lumet for 25 stories. Exec producers are Blige, Luke Rodgers and Morgan Arnest for LAMF, Jeff Skoll and Robert Kessel for Participant, Jamin O’Brien, and Bruce Evans for 25 Stories.

Blige is an actress, producer, entrepreneur and 9x Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, boasting eight multi-platinum albums, two Academy Award nominations for her supporting role and song “Mighty River” in Dee Rees’ 2017 historical drama. the mud For Netflix. This recognition made her not only the first African American woman to earn multiple Oscar nominations in the same year, but also the first to do so in both the acting and music categories. The project also won her three Golden Globe noms — including for the song “The Living Proof” — as well as two SAG Awards and other accolades.

Also an Emmy winner for Super Bowl LVI Halftime ShowBlige will currently be seen as crime boss Monit Stewart Tejeda Power Book II: Ghosts — the first in a series of popular spin-offs from Starz strength universe, which will return for its third season on March 17.

On the production side, Blige has a first-look TV deal with Lionsgate, as well as a first-look non-scripted deal and a second-look scripted deal with BET. In 2021 he worked with Amazon on his documentary with Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth. Mary J. Blige’s My Life Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his famous album My mother’s lifeOf which he was Focus and EP.

Blige was also recently seen starring opposite Jennifer Hudson in Liesel Toomey’s Aretha Franklin biopic, respect. He is repped by APA.

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