the-comedianTerence Blanchard has composed the original music for the upcoming comedy drama The Comedian. The film is directed by Taylor Hackford (RayAn Officer and a GentlemanThe Devil’s AdvocateDolores Claiborne) and stars Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Patti LuPone, Cloris Leachman, Lois Smith and Harvey Keitel. The movie revolves around a comic icon trying to reinvent himself with the audience only wanting to know him as the former TV character he once played. Art Linson (Fight ClubHeat), Jeff Ross, Richard LaGravenese (The Horse WhispererThe Fisher King) and Lewis Friedman (BASEketball) have written the screenplay. Hackford and Linson are also producing the project with John Linson (Lords of Dogtown), Mark Canton (300Immortals) and Courtney Solomon (CakeMr. Church). The Comedian will premiere next month at the AFI Film Festival and receive an awards-qualifying release later this year before opening nationwide on January 13, 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics.

Blanchard’s upcoming projects also include the Fox drama Shots Fired starring Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss.