Teyonah Parris and Darius McCrary Star in R&B Legend Miki Howard’s Biopic!
The next singer to get a biopic is R&B/Jazz singer, Miki Howard. You remember Howard from the late 1980s and early 1990s for her hits such as “Come Share My Love,” “Baby Be Mine,” “Love Under New Management,” and “Ain’t Nobody Like You.”
The Miki Howard Story is coming to television on TV One and Teyonah Parris will take on the role of Howard while Darius McCrary (“Family Matters”) will play Gerald Levert, who was in a relationship with Howard.
The film will cover 30 years of Howard’s life, including her professional and personal trials, and her relationships with men which played pivotal roles in her life.
Other stars you can expect in the film are Gary Dourdan who will play Augie Johnson, LisaRaye as Sylvia Rhone, Amari Cheatom as Eddie Phelps and Vanessa Bell Calloway as Josephine Howard.
The film will be directed by Christine Swanson and is based on a script she co-wrote with Rhonda Baraka, which is based on a yet-to-be-released biography by Howard.
“I first met Miki Howard when I was hired to direct the film,” said Swanson. “As I approached the rewrite for the film, I spent over 50 hours with Miki to get a sense of her and her story.”
Swanson goes on to say, “I knew then that what we were embarking upon was going to be epic in terms of storytelling, nuance and passion. Like myself, Miki Howard is a passionate individual who has a love for life. [Her] music was the backdrop to my youth and now I get to translate her story on screen. What a privilege. We hit it off right away and I knew my whole life was in preparation to tell this story at this time. We are both passionate artists, caring mothers, strong women and perhaps both a little crazy in all the right and some wrong ways!”
Production on the film is currently wrapping in Savannah, GA., but a June 2016 premiere date is on deck.
Here’s a first look at the movie!