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Forest Whitaker, playing a no-nonsense reverend, is joined by Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and other leading stars in a modern adaptation of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ classic Off-Broadway production.

Presented by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the holiday musical drama follows a Baltimore teen named Langston (Jacob Latimore) sent by his single mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson) to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, the Reverend Cornell (Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Bassett). Finding the Reverend’s rules too severe, Langston makes up his mind to return home to Baltimore to be with his mother.

“Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family,” according to a description of the film.

Tyrese Gibson, Nasir “Nas” Jones, Vondie Curtis-Hall are among other stars appearing in the film. Joy Goodwin executive produced the musical drama.

“Black Nativity” will be in U.S. theaters starting Nov. 27.

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