BET’s “Sistas” Creator Tyler Perry Says Actors Turned Him Down For New Movie

Sistas cast Tyler Perry

When Tyler Perry isn’t busy in the “Sistas” and “Zatima” world, he’s making huge films that we would actually love to see the “Sistas” cast star in!

Tyler Perry’s “A Jazzman’s Blues” is the first screenplay he ever wrote back in 1995, and now he’s bringing it to Netflix in September.

Set in the 1940s deep South, actors Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer play star-crossed lovers Bayou and Leanne, whose forbidden love is the backdrop for decades of secrets and lies being uncovered.

Tyler recently shared that a lot of stars didn’t even want to give the film a chance.

He shared:

“Unfortunately with this film, I went to a bunch of up-and-coming young artists who were getting a lot of attention and I asked them about doing the role. They read the script, they loved the script, but I think there was a reservation or hesitation about working with me in particular on this film, because I guess they didn’t know how it would turn out. A lot of times these teams don’t necessarily understand the power of my audience and what I bring. The people who are in [A Jazzman’s Blues] made it exactly what it was supposed to be,”. “It’s better than I ever thought it would be, but it’s always been very important to me to break new faces. And that has opened the door for me to be able to help so many people.”

We truly see why artist would decline but we also think that just opens more doors for stars he’s already working with and helping them become bigger stars. The “Sistas” and “Oval” cast for example isn’t in a lot of huge projects so we would expect Tyler to tap those stars to Star in his hit movies. It’s easier and less stress and we still see them as upcoming actors so it’s opening even more doors for the cast and the shows they’re starring in.

The period drama A Jazzman’s Blues debuts on Netflix Sept. 23.

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