Production of Netflix’s film adaptation of the novel, Nappily Ever After is underway, and Sanaa Lathan has been sharing behind-the-scenes shots of her transformation for the role.

The film will follow “a woman named Violet (Lathan) with a seemingly flawless life — a great job, a handsome boyfriend who’s a doctor, and a meticulously maintained coiffure. But after an accident at the hair salon, each of these things starts to unravel, and Violet begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted. She starts to put the pieces back together with a little help from a soulful barber and his young daughter. Violet finds the courage to cast off some of the things that she didn’t really need, starting with the perfectly straightened hair, and find a life that has real meaning.”

So, this had many wondering if Lathan would do the chop for the role and looks like she is!

She shared transformations of “Violet” on social media.


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Lynn Whitfield will portray her mother and Ernie Hudson will be her father.

Haifaa Al-Mansour is directing and it will be produced by Southside with You producer Tracey Bing with Lathan, Jared Leboff and Marc Platt. It is yet another collaboration from Lathan and Gina Prince-Bythewood, who contributed rewrites to Tina Chism’s script.

For those who may remember, nearly 10 years ago, Halle Berry was attached to star in an adaptation of this novel.

Lathan recently starred in the Prince-Bythewood’s Fox event series, Shots Fired, and stars in American Assassin, in theaters a month from now.