After directing Lethal Weapon episode, Keesha Sharp set to star and produce biopic on Eartha Kitt
Keesha Sharp has reportedly bought the rights to John Williams' 2013 biography 'America’s Mistress: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt'.
'Lethal Weapon' star Keesha Sharp seems to be finding her passion behind the lens. Fresh off directing an episode of Fox's show, she's set to star and produce a biopic about American actress Eartha Kitt with her husband Brad Sharp, Deadline reported. Sharp has reportedly bought the rights to John Williams' 2013 biography 'America’s Mistress: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt'.
Kitt was a singer, actress, dancer, activist, author, and songwriter and was known for her highly distinctive singing style; her 1953 recordings of 'C'est si bon' and 'Santa Baby' were both US Top 10 hits. She was best known for her portrayal of Catwoman in the third and final season of the 1960s television series 'Batman'. She starred alongside Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.
Sharp said that she felt strongly about telling Kitt's story to the world and mentioned that similarities had been drawn between her and Kitt in the past. "Eartha Kitt was a force in the entertainment industry and an icon who opened doors for so many women, especially women of color during a time when it was not popular in America," Sharp said. "Although I may have been compared to her in the past, I am passionate about bringing her story to life because everyone needs to know how incredible she was!"
She said that Kitt truly deserved to be put up there with other Hollywood icons and that her story itself made the project "thrilling". "People don’t mention her in the same conversation with the icons of Hollywood, but she belongs there. The biggest star at the time, Orson Welles, called her ‘the most exciting woman in the world’ for good reason. Her life was full of complexity, pain, and triumph, and I am thrilled to take on the challenge."
Sharp recently made her 'Lethal Weapon' directorial debut on the Fox show. Called 'Panama', it is the sixth episode in the season 3 roster. She currently stars as Trish Murtaugh, a badass attorney and is the wife of Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans), one of the leads of the show. She does seem to love her time working behind the camera. In an interview with Black Web America, she said she was happy that she was given the chance. "It was so great. I feel so blessed to be able to direct 'Lethal Weapon'!" she exclaimed. "It was a huge fan of the franchise and directing an episode of the franchise its a dream come true, to be honest. You know, as a woman to be given this opportunity, I feel really blessed," she said.
'Panama' airs on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 9:00 PM ET on FOX.