Following his performance as Shadow Moon in season 1 of Starz’ acclaimed American Gods TV show earlier this year, English actor Ricky Whittle has been cast in the upcoming Netflix original movie Nappily Ever After. Directed by Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour – who is currently making waves at the Toronto International Film Festival with her historical drama Mary Shelley – Nappily Ever After will star Sanaa Lathan (American Assassin) as Violet Jones, a young woman who has a personal epiphany following an accident at a local hair dresser.

Featuring supporting turns from the likes of Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf), Nappily Ever After sports an adapted screenplay by Tina Chism and is based on the book of the same name by Trisha Thomas – with additional rewrites supplied by Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks, and Gina Prince-Bythewood. American Gods season 2 is currently moving along right on schedule, but that hasn’t prevented Whittle from finding time to appear in a new film before he reprise the role of Shadow on the small screen.

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According to Deadline, Whittle will star alongside Lathan as Violet’s long-term romantic suitor named Clint. Playing the part of a dashing London doctor who is forced to contend with the rocky fallout of a relationship on the decline should play right into the American Gods star’s wheelhouse, and with any luck Nappily Ever After will benefit from Whittle’s onscreen presence.

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Ricky Whittle and Emily Browning on American Gods

Following his time served as a recurring character on the post-apocalyptic science-fiction drama series The 100, Whittle continued to impress general viewers as Shadow Moon in American Gods. And with the help of supporting turns from an all-star cast that is continuing to come together on set in Atlanta, movie fans are likely in for a real treat when Nappily Ever After finally sees release on Netflix.

In the midst of a cultural climate that is clambering for more women to take a lead role behind the camera, a movie like Nappily Ever After is primed to make something of a splash. Al-Mansour may not be a household name just yet, but if the buzz around Mary Shelley continues to mount, she might manage to attract further attention to her talents behind the camera in time for the release of Nappily Ever After. 

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Screen Rant will keep you updated with any information related to Nappily Ever After.

Source: Deadline

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