It was almost exactly 1 year ago, when we announced that Qasim Basir (on the heels of the home video release of his feature film directorial debut Mooz-Lum) had officially begun prepping his next film – a drama titled simply Destined.
Since then, little has been publicly available about the project, other than a synopsis and early poster art, which were shared on the film's Facebook page last year, with the tagline, "One man. Two stories. One choice that changes everything."
Skip ahead a year later to today, as I've learned from both Qasim and Tommy Oliver (the project's producer) that the film has been filling its cast, and is set to begin production at the end of December in Atlanta, with Qasim directing from his own script, Oliver producing, and Hill Harper executive producing through their new production company, Confluential Films.
I'm told that Omar Epps, Mekhi Phifer, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Keri Hilson and Michael Rainey Jr are all currently attached to star in the film, with a few more actors circling, and who will be announced later.
In Destined, a pivotal moment in 13-year-old Rasheed’s life splits off into two possible outcomes: in one, he becomes an up-and-coming architect being used by cynical real estate developers to gentrify and destroy his old neighborhood, and in the other he becomes a powerful drug lord who rules his surroundings but may regret what he’s built.
Intrigued? I am; the parrallel worlds/lives angle is attractive and I'm looking forward to seeing how Qasim builds this universe on screen.
By the way, producer Tommy Oliver also produced Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda fand I should note is a filmmaker in his own right. We've profiled his upcoming feature film diretorial debut titled 1982 – a project we first alerted you to in May, which stars Hill Harper, Ruby Dee, Elise Neal, Bokeem Woodbine and others.
Another feature film by and about black people to look out for in 2013.
You'll know more when we know more, so stay tuned.
Glad to see Qasim back behind the camera again.