While biopic movies are all the rage these days, Hulu is going to try something different. Today the streaming service announced that they will be pairing with Lee Daniels to create a limited series based around the life of the legendary singer Sammy Davis Jr. And to tell the story behind one of the greatest entertainers of all time, they need an actor who’s up to the task. enter cast members with multiple hyphens, Elijah Kelly. Kelley is certainly familiar with a triple threat as an actor, singer and dancer, musical theater and film fans from his appearances in projects, including 2007 hairspray, The Wiz Live!and the action movie Red Tails. The series marks a reunion for Kelley and Daniels, who previously worked together on the feature film. The Butler and Fox’s star.
Adapted from Wil Haygoods book, In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr., the series gives viewers a glimpse into Davis Jr.’s early years as well as his rise to fame. From his beginnings as a vaudeville performer, where he rose to fame as one of the top black entertainers of the 1950s and ’60s, to his rise to the top of the charts, the series will leave no stone unturned. It will also take a deep dive into who Davis Jr. was behind the music and focus on his time Frank Sinatra‘s Rat Pack and the controversy surrounding his illustrious affairs with some of Hollywood’s most notable white actresses, his marriage to a Swedish actress May Britthis unexpected conversion to Judaism, his political ties and close personal ties to both kennedy family and Richard Nixonsand his struggle with substance abuse.
In addition to creating the series, Daniels will also executive produce, direct the first two episodes and write the series Thomas Westfall. The pair have previously worked together on both Rich, starand The Butler with Westfall also serving as associate producer The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Westfall will also executive produce the series to be announced. Kelley will add producer to his title on the show, where he will appear alongside main source writer Haygood. The production team is rounded out by an executive producer Marc Toberoff.
With countless other musicians and entertainers spending their time in the sun, we’re excited to hear that the exciting if semi-controversial life of Davis Jr. will take the main stage of this new project. While we’re aware of Daniels and Kelley’s involvement, this is just the tip of the iceberg. As always, we will update you with new information as it becomes available.
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