Â Reginald VelJohnson, best known for his roles in “Family Matters” and “Die Hard”, will play the lead role in a new family film called “Angel’s Wings” this summer
Reginald VelJohnson begins shooting in Baton Rouge next week on Angel’s Wings directed by Aaron L. Williams.
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — “Family Matters” and “Die Hard” star, REGINALD VELJOHNSON, is heading to Baton Rouge, LA after Memorial Day weekend to start work on ANGEL’S WINGS, a heartwarming, family film directed by AARON L. WILLIAMS (Preaching to the Pastor, The Pastor’s Secrets, Mama I Want to Sing).
VELJOHNSON (Hart of Dixie, Mike & Molly, TRON: Uprising) plays “Coach Carter,” a volunteer coach for the Angel’s, a youth soccer team, who takes his “job” a bit too seriously.
He joins previously announced cast members TAYLOR FAYE RUFFIN (The Chaperone, That’s What I Am, Sinners and Saints), TYLER HUMPHREY (The Ledge, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Ticking Clock), and SEAN HUZE (Green Zone, The Next Three Days, In the Valley of Elah).
When the star player for the Angel’s Soccer Team is injured Coach Carter (VelJohnson) decides to play the water girl, McKenzie Adams (Ruffin). After embarrassing herself in front of the entire school, her luck changes when she meets an Angel that grants her 3 wishes. Unable to keep it a secret, she takes her little Brother Josh (Humphrey) and their dog Zeus on a whirlwind of fun and adventure.
Their excitement proves short-lived when McKenzie’s luck runs out and she has to figure things out on her own. In this coming of age family movie, McKenzie, Josh, and their dog Zeus find that miracles really do happen everyday, because they happen whenever we help someone in need.
This moving story, created by writer and director Aaron L. Williams, is another significant contribution towards addressing the pervasive lack of positive content for the African-American community. African-Americans are a demographic he sees as largely neglected by not only the major studios, but also by a large percentage of independent filmmakers. On working with VelJohnson, the young director’s enthusiasm is palpable, “As an African-American growing up when I did it was tough. I remember wondering where were people that looked like me and my friends and family on television? Other than in the back of a squad car on Hill Street Blues! Think about it. There were so few positive portrayals of black families and culture… especially black men.
On network television in the eighties and nineties, there were only two:
Bill Cosby and Reginald VelJohnson! To work with him [VelJohnson] on this film is a real blessing.”
ANGEL’S WINGS is sure to uplift, inspire, and show the value of believing in yourself… and angels.