Tyler Perry is playing musical chairs with the Old Spice guy.
Isaiah Mustafa, who was originally cast in Perry’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” is suddenly out of the film, and will instead play one of the leads in Perry’s next ”Madea” flick.
“I got a call from my manager a week and a half ago who told me that I was no longer in ‘Colored Girls’ and said I would be in ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’ instead,” Mustafa told the Hollywood Reporter. “It was confirmed last Monday, and I left on Friday to begin filming.”
Alongside stars Loretta Devine (as his mother-in-law) and Bow Wow (as his brother-in-law), Mustafa plays Calvin, who is struggling with his marriage and family relationships. It has not been announced who will play his leading lady.
Mustafa has no clue why he was suddenly transferred, but remains grateful for the opportunity.
“I don’t know why Mr. Perry made the swap,” said Mustafa, who was not contracted to “Colored Girls.” “I didn’t ask him his reasoning. I’m just really happy to have gotten this role. It’s one of the leads, where in ‘Colored Girls,’ I would have been just been in one or two scenes.”
Filming began this week in Atlanta. Mustafa is on location through early September, when it is slated to wrap.