EXCLUSIVE: Lamar Johnson and Jerod Haynes have joined the cast of Native Son, A24’s adaptation of the Richard Wright novel. The duo joins Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, Bill Camp and Sanaa Lathan who already have been cast. Suzan-Lori Parks adapted the script and Rashid Johnson is directing the pic set in contemporary Chicago.
Johnson and Haynes will play the longtime friends of Sanders’ lead character Bigger Thomas, who goes to work as a chauffeur for a local real estate magnate, triggering a chain of events that will have devastating consequences.
Johnson most recently starred in Oscar-nominated director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Kings opposite Halle Berry. In addition, he is set to star in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, as well as The Hate U Give based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name.
Chicago native Haynes was most recently cast in NBC’s pilot The Village and can currently be seen in Benji for Netflix and Blumhouse. He previously appeared in Southside with You and Blueprint, the latter of which he co-produced and co-wrote.
Johnson is repped by WME, Stride Management and Jackoway Tyerman. Haynes is represented by WME, Marsh Entertainment and attorney Patti Felker.