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‘King Richard’ Teen Actress Demi Singleton Lands Six-Figure Contract for New Role

The 15-year-old actress who played a young Serena Williams in the Oscar-winning film “King Richard,” Demi Singleton, is an emerging star who is set to make $175,000 in her upcoming film.

Singleton, who is represented by William Morris Endeavor, is making power moves for a teen star, starring in “The Deliverance.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: Demi Singleton attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Teen Banking Big Movie Bucks

Because she is a minor, Singleton’s parents have had set up a Coogan account. The Jackie Coogan Law protects child actors from financial harm from their parents, mandating the employer has to ensure 15 percent of the child actor’s gross earnings in a Coogan trust account. Such accounts have to be set up if the child is paid more than $1,000.

“The Deliverance” is a Lee Daniels Netflix original and is scheduled to be released in 2023. The thriller took inspiration from the 2011 case of the Ammons “haunted” house, also known as “The Portal to Hell.”

About the Ammons Haunting Case

The story is about a Gary, Indiana, mother named Latoya Ammons, her mother, Rosa Campbell, and her three preteen children moving into house and reporting they were experiencing paranormal activity. Ammons complained her family was plagued with horseflies and shadowy activities.

The unusual part of Ammons’ recollections is that the Gary Police Department investigating the house is backing up her claims, with officers saying they heard a ghost.

Deets on ‘The Deliverance’

Singleton will be supporting actress alongside big-name actors — Omar Epps, Miss Lawrence, Anthony B. Jenkins, Andra Day, Glenn Close, Mo’Nique, and Aunjanue Ellis, to name a few.

Singleton’s contract includes access to “One (1) first-class hotel room (which shall be one two-bedroom hotel room) or alternatively, at the Company’s sole discretion, furnished housing, for Artist and Guardian,” while production is filming.

It was reported the location of the production is Pittsburgh. The filming ran from June 20 to Aug. 29, 2022.

“The Deliverance” is also noteworthy for the reunion of Mo’Nique and Daniels —Since the Oscar winning performance of 2009 movie Precious, Mo’Nique and Daniels had a public fallout. Mo’Nique also had a public dispute with streaming service Netflix over discrimination, with both parties settling their differences in June 2022.

More on Singleton

The young Afro-Latina also starred in “Godfather of Harlem,” an EPIX original crime drama series based on a Black mobster who asserted control over the African-American drug trade in Manhattan after it was dominated by the Genovese crime family in the 1960s.

Singleton plays recurring character Margaret Johnson, the fictional granddaughter to Forest Whitaker who is playing the main character, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson.

Singleton also grew up playing roles in musicals on Broadway. She starred in “School of Rock” as Sophie and played Nala in “The Lion King.”

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