Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae and Naomie Harris have just joined the cast of Moonlight, helmed by Brad Pitt‘s production company A24. The Barry Jenkins-directed film is a coming-of-age story about a young man in Miami growing up during the “War on Drugs.” It’s unclear who Monae and Harris will be playing as of yet, but this is Monae’s first film. [THR]

Cruel Intentions – Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon

The 1999 cult classic Cruel Intentions is getting a TV remake on NBC. It will be by the same guy who brought the teen flick to the stage in this year’s Unauthorized Musical Parody of Cruel Intentions, and will center around Sebastian and Annette’s (Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon) 16-year-old-son, who finds his dad’s old journals and ends up learning about his father’s secret past and legacy. He later goes to San Francisco to live the life his father conveniently left behind. Cruel Intentions is likely to hit NBC next year. [THR]

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland just won’t stop with the #BlackGirlMagic (not that we want her to). The ballet phenomenon will be producing a dance drama for FOX. She’s working with Survivor’s Remorse writer and Copeland fan Tracy Oliver. The show will follow a group of dancers who compete to become the ballet company’s principal dancer (just like Copeland). [Deadline]

67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Laverne Cox will star as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s 40th anniversary. The musical production will air on FOX next year, and the Orange is the New Black star tweeted that she is “excited to be part of the Rocky Horror legacy.” [Vulture]


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