We're about to see even more of our favorite house mother Blanca on our TV screens in the near future.
Mj Rodriguez, who is most known for heading the House of Evangelista on FX's trans-inclusive, ballroom-themed drama series Pose, is officially joining Pose writer/producer Janet Mock in an upcoming HBO special adapted from author Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me.
According to a report from Variety, Rodriguez and Mock are the latest additions to an already star-studded cast that includes the likes of Emmy-winning When They See Us and Moonlight star Jharrel Jerome, Grown-ish's Yara Shahidi, screen legends Angela Bassett and Phylicia Rashad, Oprah Winfrey, and many more.
For those unfamiliar, Between the World and Me was originally published by Coates in 2015 as a long letter to his son recounting the experiences and realities of life as a Black person in America. After topping the New York Times' nonfiction bestseller list, the book was adapted into a stage production for the Apollo Theater in 2018. In the same style of the book, HBO's forthcoming special starring Rodriguez and Mock (whose roles haven't been announced yet) will follow, explore, and question what it means to be a Black American, and will borrow elements from the Apollo production of Between the World and Me while also incorporating documentary footage and animation, Variety is reporting.
Between the World and Me is currently in production and is set to premiere on HBO and the HBO Max streaming platform sometime in the fall of this year.
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