‘Black-ish’ Star Marsai Martin Signs First-Look Deal With Universal

Marsai Martin continues to do big things.

The 14-year-old “Black-ish” star and her Genius Productions company have signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, and she already got her first movie in the deal lined up.

According to Variety, Martin is slated to develop a number of scripted projects for Universal, and her first movie under the deal is the comedy StepMonster. She reportedly will collaborate with the co-founder of her Genius Productions Joshua Martin, head of creative Prince Baggett, and VP Carol Martin.

And this comes barely a month after the trailer of her movie, Little, was released.

Speaking about the young star, Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer said, “Working with emerging talent is a cornerstone of Universal’s overall slate strategy and Marsai is a star on the rise. She is not only tremendously talented in front of the camera but offers a unique perspective as a creator and producer that will resonate with all audiences. We look forward to moviegoers getting to see how brilliant she is in Little and watching her evolve as a filmmaker here at Universal.”

While Martin added, “I am so excited for the magic I’ll be able to create and produce with Universal.” The 14-year-old actress also praised Cramer’s commitment to diversity within Universal’s projects. “Mr. Cramer and Ms. Langley’s commitment to investing in, and uplifting diverse and young voices is both refreshing and important, and I’m happy to be a part of that legacy,” she added. “My goal is to show young women and girls that our voices and ideas matter and you are never too young to dream BIG!”

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