Mary J. Blige to star in upcoming film

Mary J. Blige to star in upcoming film
Mary J. Blige at the BET Awards 2019 (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Mary J. Blige will be taking on a new film project.

The 48-year-old singer and actress has joined the cast of Pink Skies Ahead, the forthcoming adaptation of the essay “No Real Danger” from Kelly Oxford’s second book When You Find Out The World Is Against You.

She will be starring alongside “Laverne & Shirley” actor Michael McKean, Lady Bird actress Odeya Rush, and “Ashlee + Evan” musician Evan Ross.

The film will tell the story of a wild young woman, portrayed Jessica Barden, star of the British television program “End of the F***ing World,” who is forced to drop out of college and move back in with her parents after being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

The “Family Affair” hitmaker will play a therapist who attempts to help the lead character cope with her increasing panic attacks, while McKean will play her father who employs her at his property management company.

The cast will also include Henry Winkler, Marcia Gay Harden, Rosa Salazar, Lewis Pullman and Devon Bostic.

Production starts this month with Greg Silverman and Lisa Zambri producing with Divide/Conquer’s Greg Gilreath and Adam Hendricks, while Gideon Yu and Zac Locke are executive producers.

Blige made her acting debut in ‘Prison Song’ in 2001 and starred in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Tom Cruise’s Rock of Ages, and in 2017 her role in wartime drama Mudbound won her two Oscar nominations for best supporting actress and in the original song category for “Mighty River.”

The “Real Love” singer most recently starred in the Netflix superhero series ‘The Umbrella Academy,” which was based on the comic book series of the same name created by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.

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