14-year-old Marsai Martin is Hollywood's youngest executive producer and her TV peers are on the come-up as producers too
Earlier last week, the official trailer for Little was released - a re-imagination of Tom Hanks' 1988 Big. This movie stars Girls Trip actress Regina Hall, Insecure's Issa Rae and Black-ish star Marsai Martin, who also produced the comedy.
According to The Root, this makes Marsai the youngest-ever EP in the history of motion picture.
The Root also shares how Marsai said, "this is the first movie I have in front of the camera and behind the camera".
"And it's not gonna be the last," we can only assume the young teen said as boldly as her Black-ish character Diane would have.
Millie Bobby Brown, 14
Much like Marsai, fellow teen star Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things fame, is set to produce and star in a film franchise about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister. She too plans on working on multiple blockbusters as a producer.
Skai Jackson, 16
Adding to the list of Gen-Z'ers to watch, is 16-year-old Disney actress Skai Jackson, who has been in the limelight since she was a baby.
As a girl with a keen interest in fashion often partnering with brands on Instagram, Skai has goals of working with bigwigs of the fashion industry and becoming one herself. But amid these plans, the starlet who brings Zuri Ross to life, also intends on working behind the camera in the future as a director or producer.
Yara Shahidi, 18
Another Hollywood fresh face is Black-ish co-star to Marsai, Yara Shahidi. The Harvard gap year student stars in and produces Grown-ish, a spin-off show of Black-ish, which sees her taking on varsity life alongside the likes of superstar sister music duo Chloe x Halle Bailey.
Zendaya Coleman, 22
Completing this list of young women producers on the rise, is Spiderman: Homecoming star Zendaya.
According to Insider, at 16, she requested that she be made producer of her TV show K.C. Confidential in order to make the Disney show more empowering to young women.
In doing so, Zendaya molded a multifaceted character; "I want her to be martial arts-trained. I want her to be able to do everything that a guy can do. I want her to be just as smart as everybody else. I want her to be a brainiac. I want her to be able to think on her feet. But I also want her to be socially awkward, not a cool kid. I want her to be normal with an extraordinary life," she reportedly told Vogue.
With the likes of these five formidable Hollywood starlets gearing up to do more groundwork behind the camera, the future of film might just be in good hands, as they're about to flip the script and change narratives.
Here's to the Shondas and Ava Duvernays of tomorrow.
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