Lifetime’s Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta will present a fresh take on Jane Austen’s masterpiece.
The forthcoming movie reimagines Austen’s iconic novel, Pride and Prejudice, as a contemporary drama set in modern Georgia, surrounding an African-American family of Atlantan churchgoers, per Deadline.
There have been countless adaptations of the novel, but Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta stands out in that it will feature an all-black cast. The film stars Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters) as Reverend Bennet and Jackee Harry (Sister, Sister) as his wife. The author of a self-help book on how to find the perfect husband, Mrs. Bennet is frustrated that her own daughters—Lizzie (Tiffany Hines), Jane (Raney Branch), Mary (Brittney Level), Lydia (Reginae Carter) and Kitty (Alexia Bailey)—are all single. Mrs. Bennet happens upon the eligible Will Darcy (Juan Antonio) and tries to set up the handsome bachelor with her eldest daughter, Lizzie.
Additional cast members include Kellee Stewart (Midnight, Texas) as Lizzie’s friend Charlotte, Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless) as Darcy’s aunt Catherine and Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show) as socialite Caroline, who’s after Darcy’s hand in marriage.
The film is produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Swirl Films. Executive producers are Leslie Greif, Naomi Despres and Tracy McMillan. Eric Tomosunas and Alex Kerr will produce, Rhonda Baraka will direct and Tracy McMillan will write.