Hollywood is not slowing down in portraying important tales about the black community.
Jada Pinkett Smith has been cast in filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry’s forthcoming Netflix thriller Redd Zone, according to Deadline. Her character is inspired on the altruistic deeds of Tia Magee, an amazing black single mom who gave her house to her kids’ high school football team following the tragic murder of their closest friend, Dominic Redd. Following the tragedy, members of his football team moved into Tia Magee’s home for healing, resulting in Seventeen lads sleeping under her roof and sitting at her dining table. They eventually all depart for college, with four of them making it to the NFL..
Jada Pinkett Smith’s past films include The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003, Bad Moms in 2016, Girls Trip in 2017, Angel Has Fallen in 2019, and The Matrix Resurrections in 2021.
Matthew A. Cherry is a writer, director, producer, and former NFL player best known for his film Hair Love, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2020. Dominic Redd’s memory and the significant influence he made on his community are honored in the film.
The script for Redd Zone will be written by Emmy nominee Kristin Layne Tucker (A Black Lady Sketch Show). At the same time, Will Smith (King Richard), Brandon Magee, and Howard Burkons will serve as executive producers. Ryan Shimazaki of Westbrook Studio will direct the film.
Redd Zone does not yet have an official release date. Fans can see some Jada Pinkett Smith energy in her most recent performance as Niobe in The Matrix Resurrections, which is now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.