Marsai Martin recently announced that she would join other popular names in an upcoming film that will debut on Paramount+.
According to Variety, the former black-ish star will be joining the cast of Fantasy Football in the upcoming film for the streamer. The young entrepreneurial actress will be joining Grammy-winning singer Kelly Rowland, Power heartthrob Omari Hardwick, and How to Get Away With Murder star Rome Flynn.
The premise of Fantasy Football follows 16-year-old Callie A. Coleman (being played by Martin) who finds out that her professional football-playing father, Bobby Coleman (Hardwick), can be controlled by a video game, the EA Sports Madden NFL game. Keisha Coleman (Played by Rowland) is Callie’s mother, while Anderson Fisher is Bobby’s arch-rival (Flynn).
For authenticity, NFL Films and EA Sports are involved in the film project. The Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films project will start shooting this month in Atlanta, with a planned premiere on Paramount+ later this year.
Fantasy Football is being directed by NAACP Image Award winner and Emmy nominee Anton Cropper (“black-ish”) and is written by Emmy winners Dan Gurewitch and David Young. The original screenplay was written by Richard T. Jones, Jeremy Loethen, and Tim Ogletree. Other cast members include Elijah Richardson, Hanani Taylor, Abigail Killmeier, Tyla Harris (Zoey), and Isac Iva. NFL Hall of Fame football player Tony Gonzalez will also appear in the movie.
“I am so excited to be working with such a talented and supportive group. Fantasy Football is a culmination of the adrenaline of the NFL and the fun of EA Sports Madden NFL, with the heart of a father-daughter relationship,” Cropper said in a written statement. “As the father of a teenage daughter, I can’t wait to sit down and watch this with her. It’s everything a great film is supposed to be.”