Janet to Executive Produce Film on Harlem Gangster, Stephanie St. Claire
Singer Janet Jackson isn’t about to let 2016 pass by without leaving her mark in some way or another. She may not be set to release new music or return to touring, but according to Lifetime, she will be hooking up with the network to executive produce an upcoming film on the life of Stephanie St. Claire.
St. Claire was a famous Harlem gangster back in the 1920’s and had previously been portrayed on the big screen by Cicely Tyson in the 1997 film Hoodlum. Lifetime didn’t announce any casting news, so it is not yet known who will actually play the role of Stephanie St. Claire. Ordinarily my money would be on Janet herself, but seeing as she just postponed her tour to concentrate on starting a family, I doubt she’s be brazen enough to actually take on a film role right now.
At any rate, Lifetime films have really quickie shooting schedules, usually 28 days according to actress/director Angela Bassett- so Janet still could take on the role without it seeming like she ditched her tour to do a movie. Whatever the case, the film is set to air sometime this fall and is being directed by Kenny Leon (The Wiz Live).