Spike Lee made his first feature-length film, She’s Gotta Have It, over the course of 12 days in the summer of 1985 on a measly budget. The film launched Lee’s career and, now, almost 32 years later, a sneak peek for the serialized Netflix contemporary reboot has dropped. From the looks of it, it’ll have both the heart and soul of the original.
Following the same plotline as the original film, the 10-episode series (which the preview suggests will be in color rather than mostly black and white) stars DeWanda Wise (Shots Fired) as Nola Darling, a twentysomething Brooklynite trying to find her place in life as she juggles three simultaneous relationships with three different men. It’s an effective teaser, giving us a bare-bones look at how Nola interacts with each of them.
Taking over the role of the narcissistic suitor Greer Childs will be Cleo Anthony (Extant), while Lyriq Bent (the Saw films) will play the ostensibly “nice,” but ultimately problematic, Jamie Overstreet (presumably, he won’t be so problematic this time around), and Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) will take over the memorable role of Mars Blackmon, who was originally played by Lee himself. Lee directed every episode of the series, which is to be released on Thanksgiving Day.