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Boris Kodjoe to make directorial debut; Duane Martin signs deal with Jada Pinkett Smith; & more

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Boris Kodjoe will direct his wife, Nicole Ari Parker, in the upcoming Lifetime thriller Safe SpaceDeadline has learned. This will be the directorial debut for Kodjoe, who will also star in the film.

The original feature, which is slated to release in 2022, follows Parker as a recently widowed mother with a her 14-year-old autistic son, who accidentally witnesses a break-in in the neighborhood and records it. When the intruders find out about the tape, they “will stop at nothing to retrieve the video evidence of the crime and silence them.” The film also stars Drea de MatteoNik Sanchez, and Mackenzie Astin. Production on Safe Space is currently underway.

In other news, Deadline reports that Duane Martin has inked a deal with Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Red Table Talk Productions. As part of the overall deal, Martin will provide scripted and unscripted content. There are two projects currently in the works: The Free Agent, loosely based on Martin’s time as a sports agent; and Deal Detective, a reality series that follows Martin as “he leads a group of professional bargain hunters out to help people going through tough and challenging times.” Dates for both projects have yet to be announced.

Finally, the trailer to the second season of BET+’s The First Wives Club has been unveiled. The new season, which returns to BET+ on July 15, will follow Jill Scott‘s Hazel, Michelle Buteau’s Bree, Ryan Michelle Bathé‘s Ari, and newcomer Michelle Mitchenor‘s Jayla, as they deal with the challenges of love, life and career. Gary DourdanJordan CarlosEssence Atkins, and Mikhail Keize will also be featured during the season in recurring roles.

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