Courtney B. Vance will star in Uncorked, Prentice Penny’s new film for Netflix.
The show, announced today, is a father/son story about love, sacrifice and following your heart. Loosely based on Prentice Penny’s own family history, the series is written and directed by the veteran producer of Insecure, Happy Endings and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
It follows a young man who, fueled by his love of wine, strives to become a master sommelier while dealing with his father’s expectations that he’ll take over the family barbecue business. Vance (Ben is Back, American Crime Story) will lead a cast that includes Mamoudou Athie (Patti Cake$, The Front Runner) and Niecy Nash (Selma, Claws, Getting On).
“It’s rare that Black people get to tell a father-son story without the father’s absence serving as the catalyst for the story,” says Penny. “That was never my experience and I think it’s more important than ever that art reflects our humanity and who we are as regular people, rather than just being defined by the color of our skin or the trauma that has happened to us. I’m incredibly grateful to Netflix and our entire producing team for not only understanding that vision, but for wholeheartedly supporting it too. To be able to tell this story, inspired by the relationship I have with my own father, is exciting for so many reasons; and to have actors like Mamoudou, Courtney and Niecy, each talented beyond measure, on board to bring this story to life with me is beyond my wildest dreams for this project.”
As well as Penny, producers on the movie include Datari Turner, Forge Media’s Chris Pollack, Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman, Argent Pictures’ Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, and Ben Renzo. Also on board as Executive Producers are Mandalay Pictures’ Patrick Raymond and Veronica Nickel, and, as co-EPs, Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Michael Finley and Derrick Brooks. Jamie Moore and Will Raynor are credited as co-producers.
Principal photography on the movie will begin this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. Filming will also take place in Paris, France.