‘Black-ish’ Star Marsai Martin Cast As Lead In Amazon’s ‘American Girl’ Civil Rights Movie

Actress Marsai Martin attends The 2016 Disney ABC Television Group TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, on August 4, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Marsai Martin attends The 2016 Disney ABC Television Group TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, on August 4, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

Amazon’s upcoming American Girl movie has found its star. Marsai Martin best known for playing the sassy daughter Diane on Black-ish, has been cast as the title character in Amazon’s Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story.

Martin’s character of Melody is 10-years-old in the midst of the 1963 civil rights movement in Detroit. The special will focus on Melody’s realization of the violent breadth of racial inequality in 1960s America.

Martin’s costars include Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison (The Wire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (Rizzoli & Isles) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.

The special was written and executive-produced by Alison McDonald, who recently penned an episode of the Roots revival. It is directed by Tina Mabry (Queen Sugar) and will be executive-produced by Common’s Freedom Road Productions.

Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story is slated to premiere on Amazon this fall.

SOURCE: EW – Dylan Kickham