Multi-hyphenate Lena Waithe is keeping herself very busy these days.
This past week it was recently announced that Waithe signed on for a role in the upcoming HBO series Westworld, now in its third season. There are no details yet as to what character she is slated to play, but the actress/writer/producer will appear in another sci-fi genre production. In March of last year, Waithe starred in the Stephen Spielberg film Ready Player One.
Waithe has current projects already in motion which includes the Showtime series The Chi, BET’s Boomerang and the impending release of the Universal Pictures film Queen & Slim starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. Waithe is also producing two upcoming series — Them, a horror anthology series for Amazon and HBO’s Untitled Kid Fury Project.
The series Twenties, recently ordered by BET, was created and written by Waithe when she was in her early 20s. The eight-episode half-hour series follows the adventures of a queer Black girl, Hattie, and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, who spend most of their days talking ‘ish’ and chasing their dreams. Twenties is a scripted show about friendship, finding love, and messing everything up along the way.
“Twenties has been a project I’ve been dreaming about for as long as I can remember. I think a lot of people were interested but didn’t see the vision. I’m so grateful Scott Mills and Connie Orlando did. I couldn’t be more excited to deepen my relationship with BET. I know audiences have been waiting a long time for this one,” said Waithe.
We’re looking forward to the many projects Waithe has in store for us!
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Jamie Broadnax is the creator of the online publication and multimedia space for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio's Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association and executive producer of the Black Girl Nerds Podcast.