If you needed a dose of Black Excellence, Girl Power or Black Girl Magic, look no further. Best known for her role in ABC’s Emmy nominated comedy series Black-ish as Diane Johnson, actress Marsai Martin is a young powerhouse within her own right. Hailing from Plano, Texas, Marsai got her start in acting when she appeared in a nationally aired commercial for choice hotels at the age of 5. Now, at age 14, Martin, holds the title of the youngest executive producer for her upcoming movie, Little staring Regina Hall & Issa Rae.
Martin pitched the idea of Little to Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish several years ago. Now, Barris will serve as producer of the film along with Will Packer. Helping bring the movie into fruition was writer Tracy Oliver, who worked alongside the young star to create the story line. The team also snagged the talented Tina Gordon to direct.
Drawing inspiration from the legendary Tom Hanks film, Big, Little follows the life of Jordan (Regina Hall) a successful businesswoman who torments her assistant (Issa Rae) and staff. After a “freaky Friday” like spell is cast on her, she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself (Marsai Martin).
For her role in the hit show, Black-ish, Martin has already received several awards and nominations, including two NAACP Image Awards and a Young Artist Award. She has received six NAACP Image Awards nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series nominations.
Marsai is an inspiration to us all and a reminder that we are never too young to dream big & accomplish anything we put our mind too.
Watch the trailer for Little below:
The star studded comedy will be in theaters April 12, 2019.
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