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Exciting News: The Incredible Raven Goodwin Is Set To Star As Hattie McDaniel In Upcoming Biopic!

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For once, Hollywood got it right! The incredible news broke via Deadline earlier today that one of our faves, Raven Goodwin, will be portraying the legendary Hattie McDaniel in Behind The Smile — a forthcoming biopic on the groundbreaking actress who was the first Black person to win an Oscar. McDaniel is best known for her role as Mammy in 1939’s Gone With The Wind.

Goodwin is most known for her starring roles in The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel, Being Mary Jane, and her leading role in the indie short film, In Sudden Darkness. The biopic is being produced by Jami McCoy-Lankford of Hillionaire Productions and is being written by Gregory Daniel. A release date and director have yet to be announced. 

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“Raven Goodwin is such a phenomenal talent and a gift to this project. In our first meeting on Zoom, she already showed the kind of passion that is befitting such a complex and iconic character as Hattie McDaniel was.” – Jami McCoy-Lankford

Raven herself exclaimed,

“Hattie YOU did it. Because of your legacy, we are able to write and portray OURSELVES in whatever light we choose. I am forever honored. I look forward to bringing this important historical and relevant life story to the screen.”

We are so eager to see this portrayal, and this is a casting decision we are so proud of!

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Written by Mya Abe

Mya Abe is a writer, editor, R&B connoisseur, film enthusiast, & cultural byproduct of the '90s & early 2000s. Subscribe to her newsletter (takeitpersonal.substack.com) where she connects the dots between R&B, love, pop culture, and personal experiences.

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