Regina King is set to make her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live (SNL), The Root reports.
The veteran actress has caught her second wind in the industry, experiencing a career-high the last couple of months with her directorial debut of One Night in Miami and recently gracing the cover of InStyle Magazine.
Based on the award-winning screenplay of the same name by Kemp Powers, the film tells the story of icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown, who became friends, joining together in Miami. Then, Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston, memorializing the moment with a private conversation about racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility. Already receiving praise and Oscar buzz, the film looks at each of the men’s roles in the civil rights movement and shines a light on the complexities of their lives and influence in sports, music, and activism.
“I want every Black man I know and love to see themselves in this film because I saw them when I read the script. Some could look at [the themes] as subtleties, but they are the big-ticket items I want people to leave with. Nobody is perfect, and we are just trying to do our best. While these men are legendary, they were trying to do their best. It’s as simple as that,” King told InStyle.
One Night in Miami made history at the Venice Film Festival as the first film directed by a Black woman to be featured. Since its release in select theaters and on Amazon Prime, it has been getting rave reviews, elevating King even further in her career and setting the stage for a hell of a second act! The Oscar winner is also producing a new supernatural drama for the CW under her and her sister Reina’s Royal Ties Productions banner.
King will make her hosting debut on SNL alongside R&B artist Nathaniel Rateliff, February 13th on NBC.
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