Thursday, August 26, 2021

I Did It All For You, Lakeith

When I first read this news this morning I thought they were remaking the 1980 horror classic and I wasn't sure how I felt about that, but it ain't that -- Lakeith Stanfield is set to star in an Apple+ series based on a 2018 book by Victor LaValle called The Changeling, which sounds kinda The Omen-esque in that the birth of a son sends a married couple's lives spiraling into horror. Here is how Deadline describes the story:

"The Changeling, from Annapurna and Apple Studios, is a fairytale for grown-ups. A horror story, a parenthood fable and a perilous odyssey through a New York City you didn’t know existed. In the LaVelle’s book, when Apollo — the role that Stanfield will be playing — and Emma have their baby, Brian, it feels like both a reward and a challenge for the new dad. Apollo, the son of a single mother, had been scraping by as a bookseller who hunts estate and garage sales for rare first editions, so even the unusual circumstance of Brian’s birth (on a stalled subway train) seems like a blessing, as does the way Apollo stumbles across a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird (inscribed by Harper Lee to Truman Capote, no less) shortly thereafter. But after some young-parent squabbles and inexplicable images on their smartphones foreshadow trouble, the story turns nightmarish."

Anybody read the book? The description on the book's Amazon page is a little different and brings up the subject of "racism" so I'm guessing Lakeith was looking for his own Get Out, just where he gets to be the star this time. Good on 'im. Lakeith should be the star more often. And in another nod towards Daniel Kaluuya, Melina Matsoukas, the director of Queen & Slim, will direct -- I didn't like Q&S much but it was plenty stylish and maybe I'll like this one more.


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Jason Adams said...

UGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH thanks for sharing that, Anon, I had missed it. Why's he gotta keep saying the dumbest shit? I love his performances but he is a MESS as a person