*“Black-ish” star Marsai Martin has scored the title role in Amazon’s original American Girl live-action special “Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win,” penned by “Roots” screenwriter Alison McDonald, who also executive produces alongside Common, reports Deadline.com.
Set in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, the special centers around 10-year-old Melody, whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by reminding her that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”
The special also stars Frances Fisher as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.
“Melody, 1963” is slated to premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall.
In the meantime, Martin can be seen as the youngest daughter Diane on ABC’s Emmy nominated comedy “Black-ish,” which begins its third season on Sept. 21 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.