Jussie Smollett Back On Set, Behind The Camera

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Jussie Smollett
 is getting behind the camera for his feature directorial debut.

The former Empire star is set to direct B-Boy Blues, a movie adaption of James Earl Hardy’s best-selling 1994 of the same name, Deadline reports.

The actor will also be producing the film through his recently launched SuperMassive Movies along with Hardy and others.

B-Boy Blues follows the complicated relationship between Mitchell Crawford, a 27-year-old journalist, and Raheim Rivers, a 21-year-old bike messenger and banjee boy, otherwise known as a B-boy. The pair fall in love after meeting in a gay bar in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1993 but are soon faced with a world of homophobia and violence.

Hardy’s B-Boy was the first in the series of five additional books that remained a pivotal piece of literature for the LGBTQ+ community.

The film is scheduled to begin production in New York City on Oct. 17.

This isn’t Smollett’s first experience with directing — he previously directed two episodes of Empire as well as several music videos.

News of the film comes as the 38-year-old continues to battle legal challenges stemming from his alleged 2019 attack.

Smollett, an openly gay Black actor, was originally indicted in March 2019 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him on Jan. 29, 2019, while spewing racist and homophobic slurs.