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Actress Lisa Alavi Teams Up With Writer-Director Courtney Glaudé For His New Psychological Thriller The Reading, Playing Confidant to Oscar Winner Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels Onboard As A Producer

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Lisa Alavi is one of the breakout stars in Writer & Director Courtney Glaudé’s newly released psychological thriller The Reading, streaming on BET+ Thursday, February 2nd, starring Mo’Nique and having Lee Daniels on board as a Producer. 

This past Wednesday, BET+ Networks released the trailer for Courtney Glaudé’s new psychological thriller movie The Reading, which sent the internet ablaze. We spotted new and upcoming talent Lisa Alavi in the trailer, which had everyone’s hair standing on edge.

Lisa Alavi is an American actress of Persian and American-European descent, born and raised in Houston, TX. [Lisa] Alavi, alongside Glaudé and this stellar cast, will be part of the movement of bringing films at this level of production and scope to the great state of Texas. Lisa Alavi said, “Texas and the South have so much diversity and talent with a beautiful landscape and a warm, welcoming culture. It is my family and home base, my heart. I’d love to see how we can create and expand this market while tapping into other markets. We have everything you need for a great film. Courtney Glaudé is opening those doors, and I’m so proud of him and everything he’s created and paved for the South. This entire team, in front and behind the camera, has immense talent. This movie is a rollercoaster. Buckle up for the ride. I think you will need to watch it a few times to catch everything.”

This is what we know of the plot…

The Oscar winner plays Emma Leeden (Mo’Nique), an author who recently lost her husband and two children during a home invasion. A year after the incident, Emma is still deeply scarred by the events and keeps away from the public in a fortified home. When she decides to detail the horrific experience in her new book, Invasion, her in-law and public relations manager (Lisa Alavi) starts arranging press, first on a popular talk show with host Rachel Gates (Sara Alavi), followed by a staged reading to generate press and hires a medium, Sky Brown (Chasity Sereal), to visit her and Emma at the house. Sky arrives with her friends (Denisha Hardeman, Ian Haywood, and Mcauley Teters). Although Emma doesn’t buy into Sky’s connection with the spirits, she’s quickly proven wrong when the medium is possessed by a dark spirit presenting itself as one of Emma’s daughters. Trapped in the author’s home, the group faces off against a terrifying force that they can’t get away from.

The new film The Reading was written and directed by Courtney Glaudé and stars Academy Award winner Mo’Nique, Chasity Sereal, Lisa Alavi, Dede Hardeman, Ian Haywood, Mcauley Teters, Sara Alavi, and Charnele Brown. Producers on the project include Courtney Glaudé, Lee Daniels, Mo’Nique & husband Sidney Hicks.

Get your subscription today and stream The Reading on BET+ on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023.


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