Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins to Star in ‘Marlon’
Actress Essence Atkins is set to star opposite Marlon Wayans in the upcoming NBC family comedy, Marlon. The show is loosely based on the actor/comedian’s life and is expected to debut sometime this summer.
NBC describes Marlon (the character) as an “inappropriate, but loving father” who is committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar opposite wife, Angie, played by Essence. Angie is described as being a “type-a personality interior designer with control issues,” who did one spontaneous thing in life- fell in love with Marlon. The two eventually separate and Angie finds herself having to raise three children- the two she had and the one she divorced.
Marlon and Essence have worked together several times in the past, including back in 2005 when Essence made a guest appearance on his WB comedy, The Wayans Bros. They also played a married couple via both A Haunted House flicks.
Via press release, Marlon called Essence the “absolute only choice,” to play his wife, saying the two have great chemistry together and have known each other for over twenty years.