Sanaa Lathan’s On the Come Up set for TIFF debut

On The Come Up
Lathan’s directorial feature film debut is the third world premiere - and third title in total - announced for the Toronto International Film Festival's 47th edition.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced another world premiere for the 47th edition in September: U.S. actor Sanaa Lathan’s directorial feature film debut, On the Come Up.

Based on the New York Times’ No. 1 bestselling young-adult novel by Angie Thomas, the Paramount+ original movie has a screenplay from Kay Oyegun and a cast including Jamila C. Gray (pictured), Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Lil Yachty, Mike Epps, with Lathan and Method Man, Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Justin Martin, Titus Makin, Michael Cooper Jr. and GaTa.

This is the third film announced for TIFF 2022, which runs Sept. 8 to 18, after last week’s announcement of Canadian drama Brother by Clement Virgo and Rian Johnson’s Netflix-bound Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, revealed the week before. All are world premieres.

On the Come Up sees a gifted teenage rapper tackling the battle-rap scene and following in the footsteps of her late father, a hip-hop legend whose life was taken by gang violence. It’s the second hit novel from Thomas after The Hate U Give, which was also adapted into a film.

Lathan has a slew of credits and just got an Emmy nomination on Tuesday (July 12) for a guest role in HBO’s Succession.

TIFF appears to be rolling out its lineup in piecemeal fashion this summer compared to previous years. Last year, for instance, it had announced more than 10 films by the end of June. In announcing On the Come Up on Wednesday (July 13), the TIFF Twitter account tweeted for cinephiles to keep their eyes “peeled for more film drops.”