BLACK NATIVITY is a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play - it is an uplifting, seasonal story told through soulful sounds of gospel music, and brought to you by a lineup of R&B superstars.
The story unfolds as Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore, journeys to New York City to spend Christmas with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his struggling single mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
Award winning director and writer Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, Eve’s Bayou, The Caveman’s Valentine) shines at the helm of this festive urban musical. BLACK NATIVITY stars a talented ensemble cast of artists and actors, including award winning singer Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Sex in the City), Academy Award winner Forrest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Vantage Point, The Butler), Angela Bassett (Malcolm X, Meet The Robinsons), recording artist Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), Tyrese Gibson (Fast and Furious, Transformers), GRAMMY winner Mary J. Blige (Rock of Ages), and hip hop star Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones.
BLACK NATIVITY is released through Fox Searchlight across the UK and Ireland on 6 December 2013.