Shadow and Act has learned that Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Trey Songz, Lauren London, Tia Mowry and Djimon Hounsou are all in contention for parts playwright/director David E. Talbert’s rom-com, Baggage Claim, for Fox Searchlight, based on his best-selling debut novel about a flight attendant with thirty days and thirty thousand miles to find a husband.
The film already boasts Paula Patton, Derek Luke, and Octavia Spencer as cast members, with Patton playing our husband-seeking flight attendant; we aren’t privy to what roles have been assigned to other cast members (Diggs, Chestnut, Songz, London, Mowry and Hounsou, assuming they sign on to join the cast; as well as the already cast Luke and Spencer).
Maybe those who’ve read the novel can make some guesses.
Here’s the synopsis for Baggage Claim:
Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Whom will she choose? Damon Diesel, a P. Diddy wannabe; Reverend Curtis P. Merewether, pastor of Greater House of Deliverance, Tabernacle of Praise, Worship, and Miracles; pompous attorney-turned-councilman Langston Jefferson Battle III; or Quinton Jamison, a multimillionaire who’s twenty years her senior?
We can assume that 4 of the 5 mentioned actors (Luke, as well as Diggs, Chestnut, Songz and Hounsou, if cast) could play any one of those 4 potential suitors as described in the synopsis, for Montana.
Call it the Think Like A Man effect; a project once thought to be dead 2 years ago, is given new life this year, after Think Like A Man shocked at the box office.
We may be seeing a revival of sorts of that late 1990s, early 2000s period in which we saw a rush of black rom-coms in circulation.
The cast should be finalized very soon, as the project is scheduled to begin principal photography in October.