Hot on the heels of her good reviews in director Lee Daniels’ upcoming film “Tennessee,” Mariah Carey has been cast in the filmmaker’s next project as well, a drama entitled “Push.”
Carey will play a Harlem social worker working with an overweight, HIV-positive woman impregnated twice by her father, according to the New York Daily News. The role follows her part as the battered wife of a state trooper in “Tennessee,” which won raves at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Grammy winner is also developing a movie musical based on her popular 1994 holiday album “Merry Christmas.” According to the Daily News, the film is set in a town outside a city where a ruthless developer wants to turn it into one big mall.
“Mariah doesn’t want to let that happen,” says her producing partner Benny Medina. “Her character uses song and love to keep the Christmas spirit alive.”
Mariah says the script, from “High School Musical” writer Peter Barsocchini, is still in the early stages. She tells the Daily News: “Since I recorded the Christmas album, I’ve always wanted to make a movie to go with it, something that people could watch and hear and enjoy every year. I’m into it. I’m all about the holiday season.”