The feature film debut from playwright Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version, arrives on Netflix October 9. Watch a clip from the new film above.
Written and directed by and starring Blank (Seed, HappyFlowerNail), the comedy also features Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Imani Lewis, Haskiri Velazquez, Antonio Ortiz, TJ Atoms, Jacob Ming Trent, Stacey Sargeant, William Oliver Watkins, Meghan O’Neill, André Ward, Welker White, and Tony winner Reed Birney.
In the new film, Radha is a down-on-her-luck playwright desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she’s left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime.
Lena Waithe, Jordan Fudge, Blank, Inuka Bacote-Capiga, Jennifer Semler, and Rishi Rajani produce the Netflix film, which won the Directing Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Blank's plays include American Schemes, Seed, HappyFlowerNail, nannyland, Casket Sharp, and Kenya.
The streaming service's additional theatre-adjacent offerings include film adaptations of The Boys in the Band (now available) and the forthcoming The Prom, both produced by Ryan Murphy (who also directs the latter), as well as a film adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman.
(Updated October 9, 2020)