'Insecure' showrunner Prentice Penny's 'Uncorked' filming in Memphis, Paris for Netflix

By Published: November 07, 2018 3:50 PM CT

Netflix has released details about the feature directorial debut of "Insecure" showrunner Prentice Penny, "Uncorked."

Christopher Gray held a Memphis casting call on Monday, Nov. 5. Filming is scheduled to begin locally on Nov. 10. Filming with also take place in Paris. 

The film is loosely based on Penny's family history. 

Its synopsis: "Fueled by his love of wine, a young man strives to become a master sommelier while dealing with his father’s expectations that he’ll take over the family barbecue business."

Penny will serve as director and screenwriter. The cast includes Mamoudou Athie ("Patti Cake$" and "The Front Runner"), Niecy Nash ("Selma," "Claws" and "Getting On") and Courtney B. Vance ("Ben is Back" and "American Crime Story").

In a release, Penny said, "It’s rare that black people get to tell a father-son story without the father's absence serving as the catalyst for the story. That was never my experience and I think it’s more important than ever that art reflects our humanity and who we are as regular people, rather than just being defined by the color of our skin or the trauma that has happened to us. I’m incredibly grateful to Netflix and our entire producing team for not only understanding that vision, but for wholeheartedly supporting it too. To be able to tell this story, inspired by the relationship I have with my own father, is exciting for so many reasons; and to have actors like Mamoudou, Courtney and Niecy, each talented beyond measure, on board to bring this story to life with me is beyond my wildest dreams for this project.”

The project's producers are Datari Turner, Forge Media’s Chris Pollack, Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman, Argent Pictures’ Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo and Penny. Its executive producers are Mandalay Pictures’ Patrick Raymond and Veronica Nickel. Co-executive producers are Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Michael Finley and Derrick Brooks, and co-producers are Jamie Moore and Will Raynor.


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Elle Perry

Elle Perry

Elle Perry covers arts and culture and other news for the Daily Memphian. She is a native of Memphis and a two-time graduate of the University of Memphis. Elle previously worked for the Memphis Business Journal and has written for publications including The Memphis Flyer and High Ground News.

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