At age 14, actress Marsai Martin has just signed off on a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.
The “Black-ish” star’s Genius Productions will be teaming up with Universal Pictures to develop scripted projects. Working alongside Martin includes her Genius Productions co-founder, Joshua Martin, VP, Carol Martin, and head of creative, Prince Baggett.
“Working with emerging talent is a cornerstone of Universal’s overall slate strategy and Marsai is a star on the rise,” Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer said. “She is not only tremendously talented in front of the camera but offers a unique perspective as a creator and producer that will resonate with all audiences. We look forward to moviegoers getting to see how brilliant she is in ‘Little’ and watching her evolve as a filmmaker here at Universal.”
One of the first projects to be produced is a comedic film titled “StepMonster,” in which Martin will play a teen teenager who is getting used to her new stepmother.
Martin currently stars in the hit show “Black-Ish,” and is executive producing and starring in the upcoming film “Little.” In her announcement, Martin praised Cramer and Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, for their support of diversity within media.
“I am so excited for the magic I’ll be able to create and produce with Universal,” Martin said. “Mr. Cramer and Ms. Langley’s commitment to investing in, and uplifting diverse and young voices is both refreshing and important, and I’m happy to be a part of that legacy. My goal is to show young women and girls that our voices and ideas matter and you are never too young to dream BIG!”