NeNe Leakes Will See ‘How High’ She Can Get In New Sequel + Kelly Rowland Tapped To Play Gladys Knight In ‘Soul Train’ Drama
NeNe Leakes is securing her bag and will be starring in the How High sequel. Meanwhile, Kelly Rowland is set to play the legendary Gladys Knight in a new drama based on "Soul Train." Deets inside…
Booked and blessed!
Outside of being the HBIC of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and landing a role on Uncle Drew, NeNe Leakes has a new project she’s working on.
The reality star has seemingly inked a role on MTV’s How High sequel. And we know this because she posted pictures from the set with comedian DeRay Davis, rapper Lil Yachty and comedian DC Young Fly.
While she doesn’t disclose the name of the film, we know Lil Yachty is starring in the sequel and that production is currently going on in Atlanta. She said DeRay will be playing her boyfriend, Yachty will play her son and DC will play her nephew.
"Moving in silence has been the best thing for me this year because i believe there are people who try an pray against your success! Fun times on set filming a movie with these guys! My hot boyfriend @deraydavis my son @lilyachty and my crazy funny nephew @dcyoungfly #waitforit," she captioned on Instagram.
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(SWIPE) Moving in silence has been the best thing for me this year because i believe there are people who try an pray against your success! Fun times on set filming a movie with these guys! My hot boyfriend @deraydavis my son @lilyachty and my crazy funny nephew @dcyoungfly #waitforit
The follow up to the 2001 stoner film, featuring rappers Method Man and Red Man, is expected to premiere on MTV in 2019.
Last week, Variety announced Lil Yachty will be starring in the film as Roger, an entrepreneur and the younger brother of one of the protagonists from the original film.
The site reports:
Per the official description by MTV, Roger and his friend go “on a magical hash-fueled journey to fund their on-demand munchies delivery start-up.” “How High 2” is written by Alex Blagg, Neel Shah, Shawn Ries, and Artie Johann. Bruce Leddy will direct. Shauna Garr returns as an executive producer alongside Mike Elliott, who will produce. Lil Yachty will also executive produce alongside Kevin “Coach K” Lee, Pierre “Pee” Thomas, and Brian Sher for Quality Control, which is moving into film production. Josh Vodnoy, Morgana Rosenberg, and Jason Goldberg serve as executive producers for MTV. The film is produced by MTV and Universal 1440 Entertainment.
Y’all ready to see NeNe flex her acting chops?
In other entertainment news…
The gorgeous and talented Kelly Rowland is gearing up to play musical icon Gladys Knight in BET’s newest scripted drama series titled "American Soul." It’s a 70s period drama about the rise music/dance television show, "Soul Train," created by the late Don Cornelius.
Singer Kelly Price has also joined the cast a series regular.
Billboard breaks down the roles they’ll be playing on the new series:
Rowland steps into a multi-episode, guest-star role portraying soul legend Gladys Knight. Knight was one of the first performers that Cornelius booked during Soul Train’s early days. Four-time Grammy winner Rowland, a co-founding member of the seminal girl group Destiny’s Child, will also record an original version of Knight’s signature hit with the Pips, “Midnight Train to Georgia” for the role.
Price joins the cast as a series regular, playing Brianne Clarke. Clarke’s character is described as the “wise yet cautious” head of the Clarke family whose children Simone and Kendall are rising stars in Los Angeles.
We know Auntie Gladys will not have any issues with Kelly portraying her. Two years ago, she made an Instagram post revealing she would love for Kellz to play her in a biopic:
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It’s no secret that I love my @kellyrowland So many people have said that Kelly would be the perfect person to star in my biopic. What do you think, #Knights?! #stunning #kellyrowland
"Power" star Sinqua Walls will play a young Cornelius in the upcoming series. Other cast mates include "Greenleaf" star Jason Dirden, "This Is Us" actress Iantha Richardson, along with Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol and Jelani Winston. Production has already started in Atlanta and the series is expected to premiere in 2019 on BET.
Are you here for it?
Photos: NeNe’s IG/Kelly’s IG
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