Elijah Kelley will play Sammy Davis Jr. in Lee Daniels’ biopic series for Hulu – GeekTyrant


Lee DanielsSammy Davis Jr.’s biopic series has taken some big steps forward. That’s announced Elijah Kelly is set to star and the series has been officially ordered by Hulu. Kelley has previously appeared in Hairspray, Red Tails, The Butlerand star.

The untitled series is based on the book In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.and it is described as “an exploration of Davis’ life through the lens of his racial identity and his complex relationship with the black community.”

The series has landed an eight-episode order with the streamer, and Daniels has been developing the project since 2013 when it was originally developed as a film for HBO. Daniels co-wrote the film Thomas Westfalland he will direct the first two episodes.

Davis rose from childhood star on the vaudeville stage to become one of the most celebrated African American entertainers of the 1950s and ’60s and the only black member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack. At the same time, he spent most of his career surrounded by controversy and ridicule – about his affairs with white movie stars, his marriage to Swedish actress May Britt in 1960, his conversion to Judaism, his closeness to the Kennedys and later Richard Nixon and his troubles with alcohol and drugs.

Sammy Davis Jr. certainly lived an interesting and crazy life. There is no doubt that it will be an entertaining series. Kelley seems like a decent actor and I’m sure he’ll give a solid performance as an iconic entertainer.

https://geektyrant.com/news/elijah-kelley-is-set-to-play-sammy-davis-jr-in-lee-daniels-biopic-series-for-hulu Elijah Kelley will play Sammy Davis Jr. in Lee Daniels’ biopic series for Hulu – GeekTyrant

Subhankar Mondal

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