Marsai Martin to star in 1963-set ‘American Girl’ movie

SEATTLE, Oct. 5 (UPI) — An American Girl Story — Melody 1963: Love Has to Win is scheduled to premiere on Amazon on Oct. 21.

The first of four planned American Girl specials for Prime Video stars Marsai Martin as the title character; Frances Fisher as Miss Abbot; Frankie Faison as Melody’s grandfather Frank; and Idara Victor as Melody’s mother Frances.

Melody was directed and produced by Tina Mabry. Set in Detroit during the civil rights movement, the program “centers around 10-year-old Melody whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing.” 

“The American Girl — Melody special is an empowering and inspiring story that will quickly become a favorite for young girls, while bringing families together to help start a healthy dialogue,” Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Although our special is historical, the themes presented are sadly very timely and relevant for the world in which kids today are exposed.”

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