Monday, April 22, 2024

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Majors Loses Role in Willem Dafoe Movie Based on Walter Mosley Novel to Corey Hawkins

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Very quietly, Jonathan Majors has lost another job.

I’m told that Majors was set to play against Willem Dafoe in a movie based on Walter Mosley’s mystery novel, “The Man in My Basement.”

But with Majors’ conviction last month on domestic abuse charges, he’s out of the film.

Coming in will be — I can tell you exclusively — Corey Hawkins. Hawkins is currently in “The Color Purple” playing Harpo to Danielle Brooks’s Sofia. He was on Broadway last year in “Top Dog/Underdog,” where he wowed crowds and won raves. He was also nominated for a Tony Award.

Up and comer Nadia Latif is directing. Filming abroad in Scotland is imminent.

Dafoe is off the charts great in “Poor Things,” currently in theaters. He just received a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor and is heading to the Oscars, I suspect.

Here’s the Amazon description of “The Man in the Basement”:

Charles’s summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Walter Mosley pierces long-hidden veins of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature.
The man at Charles Blakey’s door has a proposition almost too strange for words. The stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to spend the summer in Charles’s basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome. But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view.

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Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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