Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha have been tapped to star in the jazz era love story Sylvie.
The two will star as the feature’s romantic leads. Thompson will also executive produce the period drama, while Asomugha will produce via his iAm21 Entertainment banner.
Sylvie follows the titular character (Thompson) as she meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.
Directing the film is Eugene Ashe from his own script. Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married, Leaving Las Vegas) has been tapped to shoot the film.
Asomugha produced and starred in Amazon’s Crown Heights. Thompson’s credits include the upcoming Men in Black: International as well as Disney’s live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp.