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.
Principal shooting on Life in a Year began earlier this month in Toronto and is set to wrap up the September. The film will reportedly be distributed via Sony and Will Smith’s own Overbrook Entertainment.
As for Nia, her most recent big screen appearance was in the 2016 film Keanu. Since then she’s booked a number of television appearances, including Beaches, Hand of God, and of course, Empire. She’ll also be appearing in Netflix’s Dear White People and has landed the lead role in the upcoming pilot for ABC’s spin-off of The Goldbergs.