Lakeith Stanfield already has too very exciting movies lined up – Rian Johnson‘s murder mystery Knives Out, and the Safdie Brothers’ crime drama Uncut Gems – but two enticing projects isn’t enough for him. He’s now set for a third; a new A24 movie titled Notes From A Young Black Chef.
This time though, he’s in the lead role. Based on the memoir by American-Nigerian chef Kwame Onwuachi, the film follows his journey from growing up in the Bronx and – legend has it – selling candy on the subway to finance his dreams – to opening a fine-dining restaurant in Washington D.C. at the age of 26. He would go on to appear on Top Chef and become a household name.
Randy McKinnon will adapt the memoir. Stanfield will also executive produce alongside his longtime collaborator, Colin Stark.
It’s also worth noting that, unusually for an A24 project, no director is currently attached. While that’s not strange for other studios, A24 don’t typically have a lot of ODAs – Open Directing Assignments. This signals that the studio must really believe in this story and Stanfield’s ability to move forward without a director in place. It sounds like a gig many filmmakers would love to have though.
This is another sign that Stanfield is quickly becoming a big deal in the industry. Since his supporting roles in Atlanta and Get Out, he’s become one of Hollywood’s rising stars. He starred in the indie satire Sorry To Bother You and the recent Netflix romcom, Someone Great. With this and the aforementioned roles to come, even bigger things are expected of him.