“Little,” the highly anticipated film that stars Texas native Marsai Martin hits theaters nationwide Friday, April 12. Martin, who is widely known for her work on the hit show “Black-ish” made history as the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history. She pitched and stars in the film. She also has a production company and was signed to a first-look deal with Universal.
How exactly did this come to be? Apparently, during a filming break from “Black-ish” when Martin was around 10 years old, she went to her agent to find out what would be next for her. The agent told her to take a break since nothing was available. Martin and her parents went to the agency and proposed that they be proactive in developing their own project. Martin recalled, “…they basically just laughed at us – so we fired them.” What a refreshing notion. This move was the first step in Martin’s history-making moves.
The film was written and directed by Tina Gordon. In acting, Marsai is joined by Regina Hall, who is also an executive producer for the film, and Issa Rae, a Queen in her own right.
“It was cool wearing different hats,” Martin explained. “I’ve always been interested in directing, writing, and producing, so when I went behind the scenes, it was like a whole new world that I got to experience. I had such a big support system to help me out, so it was pretty easy.”
A big congratulations is in order to Martin and her supporting cast in making her vision come to fruition. In light of Issa Rae’s credo “I’m rooting for everybody black,” I suggest you make time to support this film in theaters.