It may be the dog days of summer, but that doesn't mean the studios aren't already teasing their upcoming winter offerings.
The first trailer for "Black Nativity" dropped today, advertising the film as the "musical event" of the holiday season. Starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Nas, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson, it could very well make good on that hyperbolic promise.
The film is a contemporary retelling of the Langston Hughes play, with Latimore playing Langston, a kid whose mother (Hudson) sends him to live with his estranged relatives after their house is foreclosed on. From there he goes on a remarkable Christmastime journey of discovery -- all set to song.
The film marks the long-awaited return of writer/director Kasi Lemmons, responsible for the critically praised features "Eve's Bayou," "The Caveman's Valentine," and "Talk to Me." (She was also an actor early on in her career, playing Jodie Foster's roommate in "Silence of the Lambs.")
Due out in theaters on Nov. 27, "Black Nativity" should be a nice stocking stuffer for the holiday season.