Netflix has announced that Mamoudou Athie (Patti Cake$, The Front Runner), multi-Emmy Award nominee Niecy Nash (Selma, Claws, Getting On), and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner Courtney B. Vance (Ben is Back, American Crime Story) will star in Prentice Penny’s Uncorked. The project marks veteran television writer/producer Penny’s feature directorial debut.
Uncorked is a father/son story about love, sacrifice and following your heart and is loosely based on writer/director Prentice Penny’s own family history. In the film, fueled by his love of wine, a young man strives to become a master sommelier while dealing with his father’s expectations that he’ll take over the family barbecue business.
Principal photography will begin on November 10th in Memphis, Tennessee. Filming will also take place in Paris, France.
“It’s rare that Black people get to tell a father-son story without the father’s absence serving as the catalyst for the story,” said Penny. “That was never my experience and I think it’s more important than ever that art reflects our humanity and who we are as regular people, rather than just being defined by the color of our skin or the trauma that has happened to us. I’m incredibly grateful to Netflix and our entire producing team for not only understanding that vision, but for wholeheartedly supporting it too. To be able to tell this story, inspired by the relationship I have with my own father, is exciting for so many reasons; and to have actors like Mamoudou, Courtney and Niecy, each talented beyond measure, on board to bring this story to life with me is beyond my wildest dreams for this project.”
The producers include Datari Turner, Forge Media’s Chris Pollack, Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman, Argent Pictures’ Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, and Ben Renzo, and Prentice Penny. The executive producers are Mandalay Pictures’ Patrick Raymond and Veronica Nickel.