At just 14 years old, Marsai Martin has a combined 11 TV and film acting credits to her name, and has received industry recognition (two NAACP Image Awards, Young Artist Award) for her work as Diane Johnson on ABC’s Emmy-nominated Black-ish. This April, with the release of Little, a film that’s based on an idea she pitched when she was just “9 or 10”, Marsai not only has the lead role, but will make movie industry history as Hollywood’s youngest Executive Producer.
Little stars Regina Hall and Marsai, both playing Jordan Sanders – “Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.”
The idea for the film (watch trailer above) came from Marsai, herself. “There were a lot of movies [where someone goes] from younger to older, older to younger, or they switch into some other body, but there weren’t any with a black perspective,” she told Teen Vogue. “You never see our story. So we thought how about we do it this way?” Universal Pictures agreed.
Little, which also stars Issa Rae (Insecure) as “Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line”, is described as “an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.”
Due out April 12, 2019, Little is directed by Tina Gordon (writer, Drumline) with a story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and a screenplay by Oliver and Gordon, based on Marsai Martin’s idea.