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MOVIE BITS: Naomie Harris Will Fight For Her Life In New Cop Thriller + Janelle Monae Set To Play Civil Rights Activist In Biopic + Malcolm D. Lee Producing Double Dutch Movie

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Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae and Malcolm D. Lee have some interesting projects coming down the pipeline. Deets inside...

 

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Naomie Harris is about to hit the big screen in a new cop thriller that sounds like it'll have us on the edge of our seats.

The Oscar nominee has been tapped to lead director Deon Taylor's new cop thriller, Black and Blue, for Sony Screen Gems.

Based on a screenplay from Peter A. Dowling, Naomie will play a rookie cop in New Orleans who witnesses corrupt officers murdering a drug dealer, an event that is captured by her body cam, according to Deadline. When they then fail to execute her she escapes and is hunted throughout the night by the narcs who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.

Chick will be on the run for her life.

Deon Taylor's Hidden Empire Film Group will produce the film with Sean Sorensen where Hidden Empire partner Roxanne Avent will serve as executive producer. Eric Paquette, senior vice president of production at Screen Gems, will oversee the project.

Naomie recently starred in Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (which debuted last week)and she's also about to start filming Bond 25 to reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny.

Get them coins, boo!

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Janelle Monae is gearing up to play another powerful black woman on the big screen.

Following her role as Mary Jackson in the biographical drama Hidden Figures, the Dirty Computer singer has signed on to star in The Glorias: A Life On The Road, a biopic about the life of iconic feminist Gloria Steinem.

The "PYNK" singer will portray civil rights activist/co-founder of Ms. magazine with Steinem Dorothy Pitman Hughes (below, right), joining actresses Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander.

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THR reports:

Moore and Alicia Vikander will star as Steinem at various points in her career as a journalist and activist crusading for women's rights. Monae will be playing Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the women's and civil rights activist that co-founded Ms. Magazine with Steinem.

Julie Taymor is directing from a script based on Steinem’s memoir. Alex Saks is producing via her Fifty-Four Pictures, along with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are executive producing.

The Moonlight actress is PERFECT for this role as she often speaks out against injustices. By the way, Janelle will be in the running for two Grammy Awards this year.

Another movie coming down the pipeline...

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Break out the jump ropes and every song from the neighborhood.  Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee is about to take us back to our childhood with his newest project.

The Night School director is set to produce The Untitled Double Dutch Project at Universal, based off an original idea by producer/writer Thembi Banks which she will write, according to Deadline. The site reports:

The story we hear will revolve around the journey of a coach and his double-dutch jump rope team.

Banks is currently the co-producer on the Untitled Hilde Lysiak Project for Apple, and she’s a 2018 HBO Directing Fellow, and was a 2017 Directing Fellow for Film Independent’s Project Involve.

Lee will produce Double Dutch under his banner Blackmaled Productions. Universal Vice President of Production Sara Scott is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

We're HERE for it all. 

Photos: Getty/YouTube Screenshot

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