Tyler Perry has had quite the journey. The former unemployed turned decorated filmmaker has bounced back and transformed himself into a national phenomenon. With his next film, Perry returns to his early days to introduce audiences to the first screenplay he wrote while homeless, The blues of a jazzman.
Perry’s new film is a coming-of-age drama set in the Deep South of the 1940s and follows Bayou and Leanne, played by Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer. Audiences will be immersed in the two star-crossed lovers’ forbidden relationship, which serves as the basis for the film’s many secrets and betrayals spanning four decades.
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The upcoming film also stars Amirah Vann, Brad Benedict, Austin Scott, Brent Antonello, Kario Marcel, Milauna Jemai Jackson, Lana Young, and Ryan Eggold.
Additionally, the film features an original song by Ruth B., arranged and produced by Terence Blanchard, music by Aaron Zigman, and choreography by Debbie Allen. Tyler Perry wrote, directed and produced the Netflix exclusive.
Perry detailed the script for the upcoming film in an interview with PEOPLE.
“I wrote it in 1995. It was the first screenplay I wrote,” the multi-hyphen expressed. “Both characters are just trying to find their own way in the world. Initially, I wanted to play the lead role in Bayou, but that was in 1995. I got older.
The haves and the have-nots the creator continued, stating that he wrote The blues of a jazzman at a very different time in his life.
“I was in Atlanta and I was having a hard time getting there. I was hungry, slept on my cousin’s couch, ended up getting kicked out and was homeless. I was trying to get my first play off the ground, and this script popped out to me. I kept it for all these years. »
Tyler Perry acknowledged the difference in style of this film compared to his previous theatrical endeavors and said he couldn’t wait for his haters to witness this “special” film.
“Everyone has their team, and those teams don’t necessarily understand the power of my audience and what I bring,” the Oscar winner proclaimed. “It’s a much bigger movie. I can’t wait for everyone who turned it down to see it. It’s just going to be really, really special.
A trailer for the film has yet to be released. The blues of a jazzman is set to arrive on Netflix on September 23.
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