Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Darrell Britt-Gibsonand Taissa Farmiga are set to star in the upcoming romance She learned lovemusic video director’s feature film debut Nate Edwards, Deadline has reported. The film is described as “this generation’s love story” that follows a man on a self-destructive path and a woman with an expiration date. What a perfect time to meet and fall in love!
Edwards has gained fame in music videos by collaborating with artists such as Tobe Nwigwe, Doja Cat, summer hikerand Bryson Tiller among other things. The film also marks Britt-Gibson’s debut as a screenwriter. He may be known for his starring role in Shaka King’s biographical crime drama Judas and the Black Messiah. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two: Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song.
He billed the film as a “culturally and commercially urgent film”, he said, “Making a film like She learned love feels like a revolutionary act, but it shouldn’t be. Hollywood loves to bring out stories of black trauma, but we are so much more than that. In fact, we are everything.” Further add,
A love story from generation to generation, this film is a snapshot of the world as it is, beautifully diverse and bursting with magic. It’s a testament to the power and thrill of being young, black, and in love. With the incredibly talented Nate Edwards at the helm, I couldn’t be more excited about our team’s shared vision of this culturally and commercially urgent film.
Film producers Marginal MediaWorks’ founder Sanjay Sharma and main movie Milan Chakrabortyrevealed: “While She learned love is a love story from generation to generation – equal parts Before sunrise, Poetic Justice, Love & Basketball – in light of recent years in America, it has also become more urgent than ever.” Adding: “Aside from the moral imperative, the public demand and potential revenue left on the table by ignoring Black-led films is now widely documented. This is a movie that focuses on Blackness, but isn’t about it. It is a current and timeless, contemporary love story.”
Howell-Baptiste recently starred in queenpins next Kristen Bell. She also has Disney’s Cruel, and hit series like NBC’s the right place and kill eve to her credit. She’s next on Netflix’s the sandman. The American horror story alum Farminga is currently featured in HBO’s period drama The Gilded Age. She has also appeared in Sofia Coppola‘s The bling ring, What did they have? opposite Hilary Swank.
Watch our interview with Howell-Baptiste below: