Newswire: Tyler Perry to play black film pioneer Oscar Micheaux for HBO

In all honesty, Tyler Perry is a fine actor, though his real forte (aside from surreal drag roles) is playing droll, professional straight men, whether as the defense lawyer in David Fincher’s Gone Girl or as the slightly unconventional love interest in his own (otherwise pretty bad) The Single Moms Club. That’s a nice way of saying that the actor-producer-director-playwright-screenwriter-magnate-shampoo-bodywash tends to miscast himself. So it’s with a mix of joy and trepidation that we at The A.V. Club greet the news that Perry has been attached to star as Oscar Micheaux in an upcoming project for HBO Films. Conceptually, the casting is almost a little too perfect: Micheaux, the most prominent producer of what were once called “race films” (a forgotten part of American culture that this website looked into earlier this year), was a jack-of-all-trades of all-black melodrama, part of a generation of multi-hyphenates …

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