Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Trevor Jackson and Common have all signed on to star in Hate To See You Go, a drama in the works at Revelations Entertainment.
The film will revolve around Sonny Bell, played by Freeman, an aging Chicago musician who refuses to retire and defiantly hits the road with his band for one last long-shot to keep doing the only thing that makes them all feel truly alive – playing the Blues.
Ben Tischler – best known for helming sports documentaries such as Calzaghe/Jones 24/7 – is directing the film in his feature debut, from a script penned by Rob Stone. The story is reportedly inspired by Stone’s experiences touring and playing harmonica with many of Blues music’s most revered artists. Freeman will produce with his longtime Revelations Entertainment partner Lori McCreary.
That’s a great cast for what should be a universally appealing film. Maybe there’s not a huge amount of regular people refusing to retire, but there’s plenty who will connect to the comfort Sonny finds in wanting to continue doing the thing he loves.
Freeman will next be seen in The Comeback Trail and sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. He also just signed on to star in Zach Braff‘s Good Person alongside Florence Pugh.
Woodard recently starred in fascinating prison drama Clemency, and will next be seen starring alongside Kevin Hart in Fatherhood and in a supporting role in Netflix’s huge blockbuster The Gray Man, which stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.
Jackson plays the similarly-named Aaron Jackson on Grown-ish and Black-ish, and last starred in the 2018 remake of blaxploitation film, Superfly. Common recently starred alongside Jessica Chastain in action-thriller Ava, and will next be seen in Charlie Day‘s directorial debut El Tonto, and is currently filming a thriller titled Alice.