The last time I saw screenwriter Tracy Oliver she played Effie White on the “Girls Trip” films, but she’s going to be all over Washington starting this fall with “Harlem,” a comedy that reunites her with the team that made the queen of oddball holiday flicks, Steve Harvey.
In “Harlem,” Oliver (“Last O.G.”) stars as Raina, the daughter of a successful real estate developer, played by Harvey. (Or so the trailer goes.) When Raina returns to her street momma and stepdad, played by Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, from college, she fills her mother’s dresser with tight jeans and dress shirts, just like Raina in her freshman year of high school. But instead of getting lost in a sea of them, Raina struggles to make friends and endures an abusive relationship.
Oliver has been working on the script with Harvey for years, but it was first introduced to the public in 2010 when Harvey attended a screening at New York University, according to Deadline.com. The Weinstein Company acquired the rights to the script, which was then reworked to include her real-life journey through adolescence. Oliver recently took to Twitter to express her excitement about appearing on stage again at the NYC improv comedy theater Upright Citizens Brigade.
“I’m so excited to be bringing ‘Harlem’ to the screen with @SteveHarvey in October!” Oliver wrote.
“Harlem” is set to open Oct. 4 at the NorthPark Center in Dallas, and it’s coming soon to theaters all over the country.