The big screen adaptation of “Black Nativity” has released a new trailer online by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The musical adaptation is based on the popular Langston Hughes play of the same name. The film stars Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson,Mary J. Blige, Jacob Latimore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Nas.
Black Nativity follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
Originally written by Hughes, the show was first performed Off-Broadway on December 11, 1961, and was one of the first plays written by an African-American to be staged there. It has been performed in Boston, Massachusetts, at Tremont Temple since 1969. The original 160 singers were arranged by age group and vocal range, with an assortment of soloists, along with the narrator, and Mary and Joseph, who are both mute.
The film comes form Kasi Lemmons and will be opening in theaters on November 27th. You can watch the new trailer below: