Asante Blackk is well known for his roles in When They See Us and This Is Us. Well, the talented 19-year-old is about to begin a new project. According to a Variety exclusive, Blackk is set to star opposite Tiffany Haddish in Landscape with Invisible Hand.
The teen wrote talked about his next chapter on Instagram, “This a milestone. This my first lead in a movie (ik y’all think when they see us was a 4 hr movie like Malcolm X but it wasn’t). I’m proud of myself. New beginnings and new doors gonna open cause of this one. Every step i take is so that someone coming after me can take a bigger one.”
The upcoming project is based on National Book Award winner M.T. Anderson’s novel by the same name. Blackk will portray Haddish’s son in the new movie, which is described as a “heightened comedy set in a deeply stratified, alien future.”
What can fans expect from the upcoming film? Well, according to Variety here’s a brief synopsis below.
Landscape With Invisible Hand follows a teenage aspiring artist (Blackk) who lives in a near-future in which an alien species known as the vuvv has taken over Earth. After the vuvv’s labor-saving technology causes Earth’s job market and global economy to collapse, the teen and his girlfriend cook up a scheme to make much-needed money by broadcasting their dating life to the fascinated aliens. But the two teens come to hate each other and can’t break up without bankrupting their families.
As he said in his Instagram post, this project marks Blackk’s first lead role in a major movie. To date, the talented teen has earned Emmy, NAACP and Critics Choice Award nominations for his work in the critically acclaimed project, When They See Us, which was directed by Ava DuVernay. Blackk has become a regular on This Is Us, earning himself another Critics Choice Awards nod.
In addition to acting, Blackk has recently starred in a scripted podcast, “Here Comes the Break.” The podcast highlights and features new hip-hop artist who are signed to Def Jam Records while also speaking out about mental health issues in the community.
But, that’s not all. The teen, in 2020, also helped start the “Speak Up Series,” in conjunction with Ethan Herisse and Reed Shannon, “to raise awareness on how racism impacts youth and young adults through conversations with entertainers and activists sharing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences on racial inequality and what’s going on in America right now.”
We cannot wait to see what is next for Asante. It seems like he is on a rise straight to the top!