Netflix Unveils Stellar Cast for Mara Brock Akil’s ‘Forever’ – Lovie Simone and Michael Cooper Jr. Set to Shine in Lead Roles

Netflix Unveils Stellar Cast for Mara Brock Akil's 'Forever' – Lovie Simone and Michael Cooper Jr.

Lovie Simone and Michael Cooper Jr. are set to captivate audiences in Mara Brock Akil’s upcoming Netflix series, “Forever,” which is a remake of Judy Blume’s classic 1975 novel. This new interpretation aims to build an emotional tapestry, delving into the complexities of first love against the backdrop of self-discovery.

Mara Brock Akil, known for her skill in capturing Black love and personal growth in works such as “Girlfriends” and “Being Mary Jane,” promises to capture the spirit of first love in “Forever.” The series explores the ageless idea that one’s first love is forever inscribed in the heart, resonating worldwide.

Lovie Simone, best known for her appearances in “Raising Kanan” and “Greenleaf,” takes on the role of Keisha Clark—a young, confident track star with a clear goal for her future. Michael Cooper Jr., known for his role in “On the Come Up,” plays Justin Edwards, a dedicated nerd with an athlete’s body who dreams of playing D1 basketball and surpassing his accomplished parents.

Regina King, an actress and director, serves as executive producer and directs the first episode, adding to the project’s brilliance. King, known for her impactful roles in films such as “One Night in Miami” and “A Man in Full,” offers her expertise to this riveting coming-of-age story.

Although the premiere date has yet to be announced, excitement is building for Mara Brock Akil’s first project for Netflix. “Forever” is set to fascinate audiences with its classic story of first love, offering a study of passion, growth, and the lasting impact of young hearts navigating the unexplored seas of love.

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