Janelle Monae has landed her first acting role.
According to published reports, the 29-year old Yoga singer will be joining the cast of Moonlight, a Brad Pitt produced film based on Terrell McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.
Naomie Harris, Andre Holland and Marshala Ali have also been cast in the coming of age drama, which will be helmed by director Barry Jenkins and distributed by Fox Searchlight.
Moonlight reportedly focuses on Chinron, a young boy growing up in Miami at the height of the war on drugs. Along with societal pressures, Chinron must also navigate a deteriorating home life, as well as the dawning of his sexuality.
The film has already started shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and is expected to be released sometime next year.