Netflix ‘Burning Sands’ leading lady is about to light it up in their new fraternity drama
Actress Imani Hakim will star in the Netflix original film ‘Burning Sands”, directed by Gerard McMurray
The film is centered around a particularly brutal hazing process at an all-black university
Favored frat pledgee (Trevor Jackson) is torn between honoring his code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.
The Everybody Hates Chris star, 23, will play Rochon, the love interest to Jackson’s character.
Check out my exclusive interview with Imani Hakim below
I’m so excited to watch Netflix’s Burning Sands. How did you become a part of this film?
Imani Hakim : I started the process of “Burning Sands” in November 2015 when I first auditioned. Then I was later called back to meet with Writer/Director Gerard McMurray and Casting Director Kim Coleman. McMurray told me, “I knew you were my Rochon as soon as I saw your audition tape. I know you can pull it off.” And that I did once filming started in May 2016.
What can we expect from your character Rochon in Burning Sands?
Iman Hakim : I play Rochon, the girlfriend of Zurich [played by Trevor Jackson]. Rochon is a strong and independent young queen who knows where she’s going in life. She’s also a fashion major at the University they attend.
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What has been your favorite role so far?
Iman Hakim: That’s tough! I really enjoyed all the roles I’ve played so far. The Gabby Douglas Story was my favorite role. I enjoyed portraying Gabby and telling her life story as a Olympic Gold Medalist.
What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet?
Iman Hakim : I would love to do a dive into action. A bad ass super hero.
EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, Imani Hakim, Tichina Arnold, Tyler James Williams (front), Terry Crews, Tequan Richmond, (Season 1), 2005-09, photo: Robert Voets/© 3 Arts Entertainment
What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on set?
Iman Hakim : I haven’t experienced too many embarrassing moments on set. The one thing I can think of during the Everybody Hates Chris days, Tyler, Tequan and myself were running around being kids, trying to kill time when we were not filming. I was chasing down Tyler and I accidentally stepped on the back of his foot, which caused me to sprain my ankle. I couldn’t walk on it and we had a scene to film. So, Terry Crews had to carry me onto the set. Also, I ended up needed crutches, #Drama…. It did hurt pretty bad.
Tell us about your future projects?
Iman Hakim : I have more projects that have release dates, but fans can keep up with me on social media. There is where I post future project dates.
Hakim joins castmates Jackson, Alfre Woodard (“Luke Cage”), Steve Harris (“Legends”), Tosin Cole (“Hollyoaks”), DeRon Horton, Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Christian Robinson, Rotimi (“Power”), Octavius Johnson, Malik Bazille, Mitchell Edwards, Serayah (“Empire”), and Nafessa Williams (Brotherly Love).
Academy Award winning artist and actor Common will take the role of Executive Producer through his Freedom Road Productions. He will also bring his musical prowess to the project, performing the closing credits original song “The Cross” featuring Lianne La Havas.
Burning Sands will make its premiere on Netflix on March 10, 2017.
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