Since landing the role of a lifetime as Olivia Pope on Scandal, Kerry Washington’s movie career has been understandably quiet—a supporting role in Django Unchained and a part in the Tyler Perry-produced family comedy Peeples are all she’s managed to squeeze in while out of Olivia’s white suits. But it seemed like only a matter of time before Washington’s huge new star power would come back to the big screen, and now she’ll get to play a woman who possesses what Olivia never has: real, uncomplicated love.
Washington is set to star in Is He the One, a romantic comedy directed by The Best Man’s Malcolm D. Lee, in which she’ll play a woman reminiscing about the three great loves of her life on her wedding day. Which man will be waiting for her at the altar? That’s the surprise! Though we’re guessing it’s the best friend who talked her through her many breakups. Or maybe she’s planning to marry the cad and then the best friend comes to break up the wedding.
After returning to direct the surprise hit sequel The Best Man Holiday last year, Lee rightly deserves to be considered the next great hope for rom-coms. The Best Man Holiday, which reunited the entire cast of the 1999 hit The Best Man, was corny and contrived, sure, but also funny and warm, stuffed with actors who visibly enjoyed each other’s company on-screen. Lee will hopefully recapture that same chemistry for Is He the One, and has an ace in the hole with Washington, who has proven in four seasons of Scandal what a forceful on-screen presence she is. And who isn’t dying to see her paired with someone who deserves her affections more than Scandal’s Fitz?
Pictures From Episode “Inside the Bubble” 4x03 of Scandal