David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood to star in ‘A Soldier’s Play’

David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood will star in a Broadway production of Pulitzer-Prize winning drama “A Soldier’s Play.”

The play, written by Charles Fuller, is set in 1944 and follows a murder mystery centered around the death of black Sergeant Vernon C. Waters (played by Grier) who is found on a Louisiana army base. A driven investigator named Captain Richard Davenport (portrayed by Underwood), must solve the racially charged crime.

A previous 1981 Off-Broadway adaptation of “A Soldier’s Play” included a cast of Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Adolph Caesar, Larry B. Riley, Peter Friedman and Charles Brown. That rendition earned several awards, including the N.Y. Drama Critics’ Circle award for best American play, three Obie awards and a Pulitzer Prize. In 1984, a film adaptation of “A Soldier’s Play” earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best picture and best screenplay.

Tony award-winning director Kenny Leon will helm the production.

Kelly Rowland to star in new Lifetime movie

Kelly Rowland is transforming a real-life Christmas mishap into a Christmas miracle — in the form of a Lifetime holiday movie.

Merry Liddle Christmas stars Rowland as Jacquie, a successful single tech entrepreneur who hosts her dysfunctional family in her new home over the holiday, EW has learned exclusively. Inspired by the singer’s “own recent Christmas catastrophe,” according to the network, the plot involves not only a glossy video shoot of the perfect Christmas, but a very good shot at romance with a neighbor, even though this breaks one of her dating rules. Rowland and her husband Tim Weatherspoon are among the movie’s executive producers.

Rowland’s film is one of 28 original Yuletide-themed flicks (up from last year’s 18 originals) that Lifetime is planning to debut this year under the “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” campaign, which will run seven days a week from Oct. 25 through Dec. 25. Melissa Joan Hart, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and Marie Osmond are among the other stars that will be featured in this year’s slate.

The Rock announces wedding on Instagram

NEW YORK — With a simple “We do,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced his wedding to his longtime girlfriend on Instagram.

A photo of the movie star and Lauren Hashian was posted on the social media site. Both were wearing white, and they were standing overlooking the ocean. The post said the date of their apparent nuptials was Sunday, in Hawaii.

Johnson’s representative did not immediately return calls asking for comment.

The couple have been dating for several years and have two young daughters. Johnson also has a teenage daughter from a previous marriage.

Johnson has a lot to celebrate this month. His movie “Hobbs and Shaw” has been a box office success since being released earlier in August.

Angela Bassett to narrate Disney docuseries ‘The Imagineering Story’

Angela Bassett is headed to Disney+.

The Black Panther star will narrate the original documentary series The Imagineering Story for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

Created by director and producer Leslie Iwerks — whose grandfather, Ub Iwerks, co-created Mickey Mouse — the series will chronicle the 65-plus-year history of Walt Disney Imagineering, with exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from Disney’s parks around the world. Iwerks is poised to announce Bassett’s involvement on Sunday at Disney’s D23 Expo.

Bassett, who currently stars in Fox’s 911 and HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, makes her return to Disney after starring as Chadwick Boseman’s mother in the Marvel smash hit Black Panther. Next she will appear in action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake alongside Lena Headey, Karen Gillan and Michelle Yeoh.

—Compiled from Tribune News Services

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