August 6, 2019
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LeBron James‘ Octavia Spencer-led Madam C.J. Walker biopic is ramping up its cast for the four-episode Netflix series, that will star the Golden Globe winner as the woman who went from washing clothes to becoming the first African-American female, self-made millionaire.
Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris and Kevin Carroll have all joined the highly anticipated project inspired by the book, On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter. So who’s playing who? Shadow & Act has the details.
Haddish will reportedly star as Lelia, “the smart and feisty daughter of Sarah Breedlove and her late first husband. Raised by her single, hard-working mother, she is eager to be independent. After falling in love and marrying the feckless John Robinson, she frequently finds herself coming to her husband’s defenses.”
Underwood will portray Chares James Walker, Sarah’s husband. “He’s incredibly supportive and encouraging of his wife’s hair product business, which he helps her run. CJ has a way of calming Sarah down and soothing her worries, but he grows concerned about her increasing stress over the ups and downs of her business.”
Carroll will play Ransom, “a Pullman porter whose many degrees include law and patents from Columbia University. When he agrees to help Sarah with her hair product patents and becomes the company lawyer, he does his best to pull her back from what he feels is a risky expansion and efforts.”
Morris will play Cleophus, CJ’s father, and “a former slave who comes to live with CJ and Sarah. He gets along well with Sarah and helps in her hair product business.”
Ejogo will play Addie, “a hairstylist and former friend of Sarah Breedlove. She is a savvy business woman herself, who parlays her good looks and social standing into a profitable African American hair care business. Fiercely competitive, when she quickly dismisses Sarah’s ambitions to be one of her sales women, charting a course to become Sarah’s nemesis and rival.”
While the series is in pre-production, James and Carter are working on a modern take on House Party and are teaming up with Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler for a remake on the 90s classic Space Jam. Madam C.J. Walker is expected to hit the small screen in 2020.
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