For a while there, it looked like director Kasi Lemmons was going to score Samuel L Jackson for one of the main roles in her latest, Black Nativity. But he never made a deal and with the casting on shakier ground, Fox Searchlight was all set to shelve the project shortly before production could kick off in October. But call the heavenly choir, for according to Blackfilm, there is good news: Forest Whitaker is stepping in to take the part instead.
Though she’s still looking for an actor to play the young man, Lemmons appears set to start shooting in late January. Whitaker will next be seen in The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger when the film hits on January 25.