Nia Long Plays Roxanne Shanté’s Mom In New Biopic Produced By Forest Whitaker

Nia Long has already landed a new gig after her ABC comedy, Uncle Buck, was cancelled in early July.

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Long is playing Roxanne Shanté’s mother in, Roxanne Roxanne, forthcoming biopic, co-produced by Forest Whitaker.

The 46-year-old Queens native, whose birth name is Lolita Shanté Gooden, shared a photo of Nia earlier in the week. “ When your sister Nia Long is playing your Mama MissPeggy in the 80’s You can only feel so honored and so so blessed. #roxanneroxanne The Movie The Roxanne Shante story#plzbelieveit,” she wrote next to a selfie with Long.

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The film is currently filming in her hometown borough and will chronicle Shanté’s journey from 14-year-old rapper to hip-hop legend.

Roxanne, Roxanne is slated for release in 2017.