While we’re all impatiently waiting for the return of “Insecure” this upcoming summer to find out what will happen to Issa Dee and company, the real Issa Rae and Natasha Rothwell are continuing to make moves to solidify their places in the industry, outside of their hit show.
As for Rothwell, according to Deadline, she’s deepening her relationship with HBO as she signed an overall deal with the company. Rothwell, who is a writer, series regular and supervising producer on “Insecure,” will develop an original idea for the network in which she will also executive produce, write and star in.
In addition to the deal with HBO, she’ll star in the new Wonder Woman 1984, the live animated version of Sonic the Hedgehog and she will star in Limited Partners with Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Issa Rae, the star of and co-creator of “Insecure,” she’s working with Amy Aniobi, writer and producer on the show, for a new romantic musical feature.
Universal has picked up the film Love in America which Rae will produce through her company ColorCreative. Rae’s production partner Deniese Davis, is coming along to produce the project, which will represent the company’s first feature film project.
Details about the new romance are limited but Aniobi will work on the script along with industry newcomers Khiyon Hursey and Harrison Richlin.
But that’s not all for Issa Rae. She’s going to work with HBO and actress Laura Dern to star in and produce a series about Cabbage Patch Dolls.
The subject of the series will be a doll made popular in the 1980s. The Dolls, will retell the story of the Christmas Eve riots that broke out in two small towns in Arkansas in 1983, in which customers had violent outbursts trying to procure Cabbage Patch Dolls.
The series will be written by Rae, Laura Kittrell and Amy Aniobi. It’s set to explore issues of race, privilege and what it means to be a “good mother.”
We’ll be sure to keep you posted.