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Netflix picks up Radha Blank rap comedy

Radha Blank stars in, produced, directed and wrote The 40-Year-Old Version

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to feature-length Sundance comedy The 40-Year-Old Version from US comedian Radha Blank.

The film follows a struggling New York playwright approaching the age of 40 who forms a rapping alter-ego. As her secret life as a rapper starts to pick up, she learns how to juggle her two personas and navigate two of the city’s most contrasting art scenes.

The 40-Year-Old Version is written and directed by Blank, who also stars in the titular role alongside Peter Y Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Reed Birney, Imani Lewis and TJ Atoms.

The film is produced by Blank alongside Lena Waithe (Master of None), Jordan Fudge, Inuka Bacote-Capiga, Jennifer Semler and Rishi Rajani.

Last week, the film won the Directing Award – US Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival.

Blank said: “It took years of trying to get this film made. It’s my love letter to New York and its struggling artists as well as the New York artistic institutions that raised me – hip hop and theatre.

“As a new member of the Netflix family, I’m excited about the global audience that this film will reach. I hope it will spark the next generation of fearless filmmakers in any part of the world. I’m thrilled that this came together with Netflix.”

The 40-Year-Old Version will be available on the streamer later in the year.

Netflix is also developing an hour-long comedy special with US stand up Taylor Tomlinson. Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter Life Crisis will be the comedian’s first comedy special and is set to premiere globally on the platform on March 3.


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