Anika Noni Rose Adapting YA Novel ‘Shadowshaper’


Actress Anika Noni Rose is developing a TV show and movie based on young adult novel Shadowshaper.

The Dreamgirls star has optioned the film and TV rights to Jose Older’s fantasy series under her Roaring Virgin Productions company.

The 2015 tale centers on a Brooklyn, New York native, called Sierra Santiago, who discovers the magic of shadowshaping – a practice that infuses spirits into music, paintings, and stories. Sierra learns someone is killing the shadowshapers.

Older’s second book in the series, Cypher, will be released in September (17), according to

Shadowshaper was a book I couldn’t put down,” Rose says. “At a time when so many are feeling powerless, Sierra Santiago is a young Afro-Latina heroine who finds her power within herself.

“Through a strong spiritual connection to her ancestors, the discovery of the magic living in her art, and with the help of some amazing friends, she saves her family, and her Brooklyn neighbourhood from certain destruction. A face and culture we rarely see on screen; she is the heroine we’ve been searching for, only to find she lives right next door.”

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