Lee Daniels Netflix Horror Pic Adds Tasha Smith – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Multi-hyphen and Empire alum Tasha Smith is returning to work with Lee Daniels on her untitled Netflix exorcism thriller.

Oscar-nominated Andra Day stars as Ebony, the mother of an Indiana family whose children are said to have become demonically possessed in a thriller based on a true case. Smith will play Asia, who is Ebony’s best friend.

Deadline first told you about the new Daniels horror flick that Netflix has scooped up in a bidding war for $65 million, the pic also featuring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, the Oscar nominee Glenn Close, Rob Morgan, Caleb McLaughlin and recently King Richard Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis.

Smith was mentored by Lee and starred as Carol Hardaway on Fox’s Empire in 31 episodes. She also directed two episodes of the Fox drama series co-created by Daniels. Star.

Smith is also a director and producer. She recently directed the fifth episode of Peacock’s BelAir, and she produced alongside 50 Cent the Starz series BMF on which she also directed three episodes, including the first and the finale. BMF follows two brothers who emerged from the decaying streets of southwestern Detroit in the late 1980s and gave birth to one of the nation’s most influential crime families.

Smith is also the EP for the BET documentary, Strip Down: The Naked Truth, on which she also serves as host and narrator. The BET Original is an in-depth examination of stripper culture and features real-life stories of strippers from across the country, offering insight into a lifestyle often distorted and glorified in pop culture.

Other TV episodes Smith has directed include Big Sky, 9-1-1, Black Lightning, Tales, and TV One When love kills: the story of Falicia Blakelyfeaturing artist and actress Lil Mama.

Smith’s feature credits include Why did I get married? and its sequel, Why did I get married too? as well as the character of Angela in Tyler Perry’s OWN series For the best or for the worst. This part earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.

Other feature credits include Jumping the Broom, Couples Retreat, The Whole Ten Yards, and Dolemite is my name.

Smith nurtures and mentors new talent through her Tasha Smith Actors Workshop (TSAW).

Smith is represented by Darrell Miller at Fox Rothschild, Verve and Marsh Entertainment.

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