June 26, 2022

Elijah Kelley tapped to star as Sammy Davis Jr. in Lee Daniels’ 8-part Hulu restricted sequence 

Hulu is producing an eight-part sequence about legendary crooner Sammy Davis Jr., and Elijah Kelley is ready to star within the lead. 

In all probability greatest identified for his portrayal of Ricky Bell within the 2017 miniseries The New Version Story, Kelley has additionally appeared in The Wiz Stay! and the short-lived Empire spin-off StarThe New York Daily News reviews.

Elijah Kelly attends the 51st NAACP Picture Awards in Feb. 2020, introduced by BET, at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Pictures)

Hulu stated the restricted sequence about Davis, government produced by Lee Daniels, will discover the pioneering entertainer’s life “via the lens of his racial id and his complicated relationship with the Black group.”

Based on Deadline, Daniels is ready to direct the primary two episodes. This venture reunites Kelley and Daniels, who labored collectively on Star and the 2013 movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

“It is a deep dive into the origin story of blackness in Hollywood and the way issues nonetheless stay the identical,” the famed director wrote Thursday on Instagram. “All individuals discuss is how a lot Hollywood has advanced. Perhaps it has. However for essentially the most half, it’s a facade. S— ain’t modified. Thanks @hulu for letting me inform my story, Sammy’s story and the story of so many different black artists.”

Davis is basically acknowledged as America’s first Black famous person. The Rat Pack member had a greater than 50-year profession in theater, movie, tv and music. 

Born in Harlem, New York, on Dec. 8, 1925, Davis started his profession in vaudeville alongside his father, Sammy Davis Sr., as a part of the Will Mastin Trio. They toured nationally. Davis entered the army and after serving kicked off his profession in full within the mid-Nineteen Forties. 

He went on to have a protracted profession on Broadway within the Nineteen Fifties and his personal selection present in 1966. He additionally grew to become a star in Las Vegas within the Nineteen Seventies and toured with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli within the late ’80s. He died in 1990 on the age of 64. 

Even after having one among his biggest hits within the Nineteen Seventies with “The Sweet Man,” Davis died in debt after years battling sickness and habit. 

Daniels was additionally one of many producers of The USA vs. Billie Vacation, for which its star, Andra Day, was nominated for an Academy Award and gained the Golden Globe for Finest Actress.

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