actress Sana Lathan on Sunday (June 26) during the 2022 BET Awards, revealed the first trailer for Paramount’s adaptation “On The Come Up,” an adaptation of the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Angie Thomas. Coming soon to Paramount Plus, the network describes the coming-of-age film as “a love letter to hip-hop.” The 30-second teaser follows the journey of the film’s protagonist, Bri – played by Jamila C. Gray – as she pursues her battle rap ambitions. Check out the teaser trailer below.
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In the film, the 16-year-old phenomenon will explore the world of battle rap and outshine it in controversy as she pursues her destiny to live up to her famous father. The full synopsis of the film from Paramount+ reads:
“Bri (Jamila C. Gray), a young black girl, is trying to take the battle rap scene by storm to redeem the legacy of her father—a rapper whose career was cut short by gang violence—and save her help family get out of poverty. But when her first hit goes viral for all the wrong reasons, she’s torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the fake gangsta role the industry is trying to foist on her. Based on the New York Times best-selling YA novel by Angie Thomas (who also wrote The Hate U Give), On The Come Up is brought to you by the comedic talents of Mike Epps and hip-hop heroes like Method Man interrupted and Lil Yachty and the lyrical prowess of Rapsody.”
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Lathan’s directorial debut is joined by a full cast of vivacious actors and rap stars, including Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Lil Yachty, Method Man, Mike Epps, GaTa (aka Davionte Ganter), Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Titus Makin Jr. and Michael Anthony Cooper Jr. is set to stream exclusively on Paramount+ with the film’s release date to be announced.
In other news, Sanaa Lathan will star in the Peacock-ordered limited series alongside recurring cast members Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnutt, Terrence Howard and Regina Hall The Best Man: The Final Chapterswritten and directed by Malcolm D. Lee.