Netflix’s original series Orange Is The New Black provided searing commentary on the state of race relations in America, and cast member Uzo Aduba will continue to shake up the conversation on her own. Aduba will star alongside Maggie Grace of Taken 3 (the film formerly known as Tak3n) fame in Showing Roots, a racially tinged drama set in the heart of the American South.
Deadline provides a more detailed plot summary:
“...a feature drama about a small Southern town in 1977 whose balance is turned upside down when the slavery miniseries Roots hits the airwaves. Aduba and Grace will play two denizens of a local beauty parlor who are inspired by the Alex Haley adaptation to integrate their community, only to see pent-up racial tensions erupt in the process.”
The production is set to commence principal photography later this month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (In recent years, the state has enjoyed an influx of location shoots for film crews due to an aggressive program of tax breaks for productions.) Michael Wilson will step in as director. This will mark the stage veteran’s debut theatrical release, with his only other screen credit being the Lifetime Original Movie remake of The Trip To Bountiful.
Wait a minute. Showing Roots, like as in the roots of your hair, because they work in a beauty parlor. But also showing Roots, like as in actually watching the program called Roots! I get that! That’s clever. What a clever movie this shall be.