Sanaa Lathan Directorial Debut ‘On the Come Up’ Gets First Trailer

Sanaa Lathan directs and co-stars in On The Come Up (Credit: Paramount+)

Sanaa Lathan has stepped behind the camera for the hip hop coming-of-age drama On the Come Up.

The actress directs and co-stars in the film, which has landed at Paramount+. The streamer dropped the first trailer on Sunday night during the 2022 BET Awards.

The film is based on Angie Thomas’ best-selling young adult novel by the same name. Kay Oyegun adapted the script.

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Jamila C. Gray leads the cast. The film also stars Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Lil Yachty, Method Man, Mike Epps, GaTa (a.k.a. Davionte Ganter), Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Titus Makin Jr., and Michael Anthony Cooper Jr.

Paramount+ says the movie is coming soon, but so far no release date has been announced.

Here’s the official description: “Bri (Jamila C. Gray), a young black girl, attempts to take the battle rap scene by storm in order to do right by the legacy of her father – a rapper whose career was cut short by gang violence – and to help her family climb out of poverty. But when her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, she finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false gangsta role that the industry wants to impose upon her. Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling YA novel by Angie Thomas (who also penned The Hate U Give), On The Come Up is punctuated by the comedic talents of Mike Epps, hip hop heroes like Method Man and Lil Yachty, and the lyrical prowess of Rapsody.”

Watch the trailer above.