To look online and read one of my favorite actresses, Sanaa Lathan (Brown Sugar, Best Man 1 & 2), has been cast for the main role of Tracy Ellison in Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl, has brought sunshine to my day, because I believe Lathan will do an excellent job as Tracy. In the book, we witnessed Tracy’s character coming of age while dealing with her parent’s separation. Tracy went from being the innocent, daddy’s girl to a spoiled teenager in love with Victor, the local bad boy. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. In 2013, CodeBlack Films shared that they had purchased the rights to adapt the book into a feature film. Online sources say that Lathan is also to be the executive producer of the film.
In a public statement Lathan said, So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film. It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.”
While reading other blogs about the announcement, we found this description on Variety.com, “Lathan will portray the film’s protagonist, Tracy Ellison — a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness.” Now this sounds more like For the Love of Money when Tracy is older, but we hope that Lathan and CodeBlack find a successful way to blend the two. We can’t wait to see who they cast for Victor, but he better look good and wear Addidas and a gold chain with a “V”. For me personally, this book was my first taste of Black fiction, and I cried and lost my virginity with Tracy, not to mention I looked for my Victor for a long time, so I need this movie to be on point.
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