Actress Meagan Good and Idris Elba are among the ensemble cast of Rogue Pictures’ supernatural thriller “Unborn.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film follows a young woman (Odette Yustman) who is tormented by the soul of a boy who died in the Holocaust. Good will play the girl’s best friend, while Elba will play a priest who helps a Rabbi perform exorcisms. The Rabbi will be played by Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino signed on to portray the haunted girl’s mother and Rhys Coiro of HBO’s “Entourage” will play the girl’s college professor. Principal photography began March 5 in Chicago under the film’s writer/director David Goyer. Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing.
And for those of you who want Meagan to stop playing the “pretty girl” in all her movies, this should make you happy. However if I was Meagan, I would choose to play the lead “pretty girl” in a Black film over the Black best friend to the White female lead in a White film any day. At least in Black films Meagan plays the lead and gets to shine. Whereas, playing the Black best friend to the White female lead is limiting and stereotypical. Why would any Black actress in their right mind choose to play second fiddle over lead?
Nia Long recently played the Black best friend to Sandra Bullock’s character in the 2007 film, Premonition, and many of you probably didn’t even know that. On the other hand, Nia has played the pretty girl lead in quite a few Black films- including The Best Man, Friday and the classic, Love Jones. Those movies made Nia a household name and a star in the Black community. Her Black best friend sidekick role in Premonition did nothing for her career at all- NOTHING.
Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, and Gabrielle Union all became huge stars and leading ladies, playing pretty girls in Black films. To play the pretty girl is not an abomination and is nothing to be ashamed of- just ask Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron- three White actresses with Oscars- and guess what- they all started out playing the “pretty girl”.