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The 'black-ish' Glow Up Is REAL! Tracee Ellis Ross May Get A Spin-off + Marsai Martin Inks First Look Deal With Universal + Watch Yara Shahidi Fall In Love In 'The Sun Is Also A Star'

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All the "black-ish" ladies are glowing up! Get the deets on Tracee Ellis Ross possibly nabbing a spin-off, Marsai Martin's HUGE movie deal and see Yara Shahidi in her new movie, The Sun Is Also A Star inside...

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Who runs the TV world? The "black-ish" ladies!

That's right. "black-ish" stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsai Martin, and Yara Shahidi are copping spin-offs, movie deals, movie roles and more.

Tracee Ellis Ross might be getting her own spin-off like Yara Shahidi ("Grown-ish").

Deadline reports a flashback episode about a teen version of her character Rainbow (Bow) Johnson could branch off into her own series. The episode, which is set to air in March, will feature flashbacks of a teen version of Bow, set in the 1980s-90s. Viewers will get to see how Bow grew up. It's reported the episode could become the backdoor pilot for a potential prequel series, but no deals have been made just yet.

According to the site, "black-ish" executive producer Peter Saji is in talks to pen the episode and the show's creator, Kenya Barris is expected to be an executive producer. However, he likely won't be in the day-to-day creative mix as he has an overall deal commitment to Netflix.

As you know, "black-ish" already has one successful spin-off, "Grown-ish," which follows Yara's character Zoey Johnson in college.

Are you here for a Bow "black-ish" spin-off?

As for another castmate....

Marsai Martin is making MAJOR money moves. Not too long ago, we learned the 14-year-old actress came up with the idea of her new movie, LITTLE. She's starring AND executive producing, becoming the youngest executive producer in movie history. Now, she's looking to expand her resume behind-the-scenes.

The 14-year-old and her Genius Productions company has inked a first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Woot!

She's slated to develop a number of scripted projects for the film studio, and most importantly, she already has her first movie under the deal in the works. It's a comedy titled StepMother. She'll work alongside Genius Productions co-founder Joshua Martin, head of creative Prince Baggett, and VP Carol Martin.

Variety reports:

Martin cited diversity efforts by Cramer and Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, in the announcement.

“I am so excited for the magic I’ll be able to create and produce with Universal,” Martin said. “Mr. Cramer and Ms. Langley’s commitment to investing in, and uplifting diverse and young voices is both refreshing and important, and I’m happy to be a part of that legacy. My goal is to show young women and girls that our voices and ideas matter and you are never too young to dream BIG!”

Martin began working as an actress at the age of five and received her first major recurring role as Diane Johnson on “Black-ish” in 2014, portraying the twin sister to Miles Brown’s Jack.

Be sure to check out Marsai in the upcoming comedy, LITTLE, starring opposite Issa Rae and Regina Hall, on April 12th.

Also coming to theaters...

Yara Shahidi will fall in love in a new romantic drama titled, The Sun Is Also A Star.

It's a modern-day story about finding love against all odds, and whether our lives are determined by fate or the random events of the universe. Hmm...interesting concept.

Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi) and college-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love? With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.

The film is based on the acclaimed bestseller "Everything, Everything" by American-Jamaican author Nicola Yoon. Female director Ry Russo-Young (“Before I Fall”) will helm the film from a screenplay by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip”). The film’s producers are Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton, who served as producers on “Everything, Everything." Pamela Hirsch served as executive producer.

Peep the trailer above.

The Sun Is Also A Star hits theaters nationwide May 17th.

 

EXTRAS

1. Famed producer Will Packer is producing a series about the murder of 29 African American children in Atlanta for Investigation Discovery. STORY

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