Regina Hall has signed on to produce and star in the drama Master for Amazon Studios. The film is being described as an occult drama. It follows two black women at a predominantly white college in Massachusetts; one is a freshman, while the other is the head of students (aka, Master). They both begin to experience haunting activities ingrained in the history of the school.
Hall will play Gail Bishop, the queer, black master of the Belleville house at Ancaster, a liberal arts college outside Boston. She must manage her campus as instances of racism cause tensions while students and faculty are haunted by sinister supernatural forces. Miriama Diallo, who has directed episodes of HBO’s Random Acts Of Flyness, will write and direct the film.
Diallo is also the writer/director of the Sundance-winning short film Hair Wolf, a horror-comedy revolving around the staff of a black hair salon who must fend off white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
Despite the horror-sounding premise of Master and Diallo’s experience in the genre, the film is being described as a drama first and foremost. It will be interesting to see what kind of form the project takes, but the timely premise is packed with potential.
Hall is on a good run recently. She starred in the breakout comedy Girls Trip before leading Andrew Bujalski‘s acclaimed indie, Support The Girls. This year she co-starred in the new Shaft film and Tina Gordon‘s comedy, Little. She also stars in the Showtime series Black Monday, and will next be seen on the big screen in Breaking News In Yuba County alongside Mina Kunis and Allison Janney.
Production on Master is slated to begin early next year in New York.