Mo'Nique makes acting return in Blackbird
Mo'Nique is set to make her return to acting in 'Blackbird'. The role marks her first movie since winning an Oscar for 2009 film 'Precious'
Mo'Nique is returning to acting with a role in 'Blackbird'.
The 46-year-old actress is set to star in her first movie since winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2009 film 'Precious', reports Deadline.
Mo'Nique will star alongside former 'Grey's Anatomy' actor Isaiah Washington in the gripping drama about a teenage boy whose realisation he is gay rocks his small, religiously conservative town in Mississippi. At the same time, the youth's parents are going through divorce and his sister goes missing.
Newcomer Julian Walker will play the troubled teen, while Mo'Nique has been tapped to play his mother who blames her son's revelation for his sister's disappearance.
The actress and her husband Sidney Hicks have also come on board as producers.
Hicks said: "'Blackbird' is a film about the choices people are forced to make as they struggle to figure out how to be themselves. And why should just being who you are be a struggle?
"Since Mo'Nique won the Oscar, we have received a flood of scripts, but nothing captured our attention until Isaiah -- who we have a high level of respect for -- sent us 'Blackbird'. We became instant fans of [director] Patrik-Ian Polk and knew we had to get behind this important film."