Actress Kerry Washington continues to impress with a diverse portfolio, moving seamlessly from playing no-nonsense fixer Olivia Pope in the hit series “Scandal” to troubled slave in need of rescuing Broomhilda in “Django Unchained.” Though her latest role as the star of a romantic comedy is a complete diversion from her last two gritty, serious characters, it promises to be just as compelling.
She will star in “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples,” a big screen adaptation of Tina Gordon Chism’s “We The Peeples.”
Entertainment Weekly reports:
After a year and a half, it’s probably time for your parents to meet your boyfriend. But for the Type A Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington), she’d rather delay it just a little longer. In Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, Grace tells her boyfriend Wade (Craig Robinson) not to accompany her on her trip home to Sag Harbor for Moby Dick Day – a Peeples family tradition.
“Grace hasn’t told her family a lot about [Wade] at all,” Washington told EW. “She loves Wade very, very much and fears that he won’t accept them and they won’t accept him, and it makes her want to avoid the immersion. If she can just hold it off longer, maybe she’ll figure out how to do it perfectly. Or maybe Wade will suddenly become more successful.”
Wade decides to crash anyway.
Director Tina Gordon Chism said, for Wade “it just reached that weird point in the relationship where [he’s] like, ‘I need to meet somebody [in the fam] or I can’t feel good about myself.’” Chism adds: “And his brother pumps him up, saying ,‘You should go! You’re an awesome guy! Kids love you!’ And so he thinks, ‘I’m going to crash, and my girlfriend will see that they’re going to love me because all people love me.’”
Though the class difference is becoming predictable for Perry, the movie’s premise and the dynamic actors including Diahann Carroll and David Alan Grier could make it a must-see film.
Craig Robinson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles and Kali Hawk also appear in the film, which hits theaters on May 10th.