As hard as it is to believe, Angela Bassett, one of the most gifted Black actresses of our time, hasn’t had a starring role in any film since she last appeared in the Rosa Parks Story, a television movie, back in 2002. And though she had a role in last year’s Akeelah and the Bee, it was in the supporting capacity and in no way showcased her amazing abilities as an actress. Angela’s dry spell is about to end however as Tyler Perry has wisely cast her in the lead role of his next film, Meet The Browns.
A single mother living in inner city Chicago, Brenda (Bassett) has been struggling for years to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street. But when she’s laid off with no warning, she starts losing hope for the first time – until a letter arrives announcing the death of a father she’s never met. Desperate for any kind of help, Brenda takes her family to Georgia for the funeral. But nothing could have prepared her for the Browns, her father’s fun-loving, crass Southern clan. In a small-town world full of long afternoons and country fairs, Brenda struggles to get to know the family she never knew existed…and finds a brand new romance that just might change her life.
Also appearing in the film are Mariana Tolbert, Rick Fox, and Irma P. Hall. Meet The Browns will be released March 21, 2008 and I think it is safe to say MTB will be another huge smash for Tyler Perry.