Teyana Taylor to Star in Lena Waithe-Produced Flick, ‘A Thousand and One’

by Yah Yah

Teyana Taylor is set to star in the upcoming movie, “A Thousand And One,” produced by “The Chi” creator, Lena Waithe.

“A Thousand And One” also serves as the directorial feature debut of A.V. Rockwell.

Here is the synopsis according to Deadline:

The film follows Inez (Taylor), who kidnaps six-year-old Terry from the foster care system. Holding onto their secret and each other, mother and son set out to reclaim their home, as well as their identity and stability, in a rapidly changing New York City.

As we already know, Taylor is a triple threat when it comes to the entertainment industry. She has already starred in several big movies, including “Tyler Perry’s Big Happy Family,” “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming,” and most recently, “Coming 2 America.”

In an interview with The Grio, Taylor spoke about what it was like to play General Izzi’s daughter Bopoto, whose role was similar to Vanessa Bell Calloway’s character, Imani, from the original 1988 movie.

“That was some big shoes to fill,” the singer said about Calloway. “I mean, it was amazing and I’m so excited. I actually got to meet her and I was so nervous. I want to be perfect for her and for everybody. [The ‘queen to be’ scene] was actually one of my favorite scenes—my favorite character in the original. So to be able to have that role was crazy to me.”

Of course, like everything she touches, Taylor was able to make the role truly her own.

“That performance came about because that was kind of like what they wanted, but originally the performance wasn’t in there when I read the script. Once we started getting into fittings and really sort of locking everything in is when they added the performance,” the “We Got Love” singer explained. “I was like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna be dancing?’ So I was going to the studio.”

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