Nia Long to Play Jaden Smith’s Mom in ‘Life in a Year’ Film
Actress Nia Long is set to join her Empire co-star Terrence Howard in the upcoming Will Smith-produced drama Life in a Year. The project is a starring vehicle for Will’s son Jaden, who will play a teenager (Daryn) coming to grips with the cancer diagnosis of his girlfriend, set to be played by model Cara Delevigne. Nia will play Catherine, the spouse of Howard’s no-nonsense patriarch and supportive mother of Daryn.
Set Life: Nia Long on ‘Empire’
Amid reports of diva behavior on the set of Empire, Nia Long’s rep has released a statement calling the rumors “pure nonsense.” As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Nia has been accused in the press of doing everything from showing up late to tapings, to feuding with the show’s leading lady Taraji P. Henson.
Tariler: Lifetime Remake of Beaches Starring Nia Long
The Lifetime remake of Beaches, which stars actress Nia Long and singer Idinia Menzel, officially has an airdate of January 21, 2017. In advance of its release, the network has unveiled several new teaser trailers, including the one below.
Nia Long Joins Empire for Season 3 Extended Arc
In addition to her upcoming appearance in the Lifetime remake of Beaches, fans can also expect to see actress Nia Long in a recurring capacity on this season of Empire. According to published reports, Nia, 46, will play Giuliana, a Las Vegas queen pin who makes a series of brash moves in an attempt to secure a deal with Empire.
Nia Long Lands Recurring Role on Netflix Comedy ‘Dear White People’
Nia Long is set to join Netflix’s upcoming comedy Dear White People. The former Uncle Buck star will have a recurring role playing the part of African-American studies professor Neika Hobbs. Dear White People is based on the 2014 Sundance film of the same name and will be produced by television veteran Yvette Lee Bowser.
Beaches Remake to Star Nia Long and Idinia Menzel
Actress Nia Long is set to co-star alongside singer Idinia Menzel in the upcoming Lifetime remake of the classic Bette Middler/Barbara Hershey film Beaches. Long will take on the role of Hillary Whitney, originally played by Hershey, while Menzel will take on the role of C.C. Bloom, originally played by Middler. According to Lifetime both characters will get minor background changes and updated storylines.
ABC May Have Shelved Uncle Buck
So, what’s going on with Uncle Buck, the new ABC comedy starring Mike Epps and Nia Long? I periodically find myself looking for the show on HULU, only to come up empty handed. I finally checked the ABC press site, but that yielded little to no answers as to why the show has yet to air, despite it being screened to members of the press months ago. After a bit more digging I discovered the show has yet to be added to ABC’s winter line-up.
As previously reported, ABC has given the greenlight to Uncle Buck, a new half-hour comedy based off the 1989 John Candy film of the same name.
The television version stars Nia Long, James Lesure, and comedian Mike Epps as the infamously bad babysitter, Uncle Buck.
ABC plans to air the show as part of a Tuesday night comedy block that includes upcoming shows The Real O’Neals and Not Tonight.