Blackish star, Marsai Martin is about to make history as the youngest executive producer in Hollywood with her upcoming comedy film, Little.
The film, which featured some of the industry’s biggest stars in the industry, was executive produced by the 14-year-old.
Martin will co-star with Regina Hall in the singular role of Jordan Sanders, a take-no-prisoners tech entrepreneur who wakes up to discover that a random act of black girl magic has transformed her into the 13-year-old version of herself.
The Black-ish star had the idea for the film when she was 10 years old after falling in love with the Tom Hanks film, Big. She ended up pitching the idea to Black-ish Executive Producer Kenya Barris when she was only 10 years old.
“It was one of my most favorite films growing up,” Martin told The Root. “After the Season 1 finale of Black-ish, we told Kenya Barris about it, and he called Will [Packer] and said: ‘Yo, you know the girl who plays Diane on Black-ish? She has this dope idea!’”
Packer, the blockbuster producer of hits like Ride Along and Girls Trip, says he immediately bought the idea but was astounded at Martin’s maturity, noting that she pitched the idea to the studio.
Little also stars some of Hollywood’s most talented and recognizable black women. Regina Hall also serves as one of the film’s executive producers, and Issa Rae, star of HBO’s runaway hit Insecure, co-stars as Jordan’s long-suffering assistant, April, who is the only one who knows her boss is trapped in the body of a middle-schooler.
Tina Gordon, who wrote the classic black films Drumline and ATL, directed Little. Gordon also co-wrote the screenplay with Tracy Oliver and hopes to add her name to Hollywood’s too-short list of black female directors. As noted in a recent study, since 2007, only 5 of the top 100 grossing films were directed by black women—and two were directed by Ava DuVernay.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
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