Tyler Perry‘s A Jazzman’s Blues is making its way to the big screen. Formulated in 1995, the movie will hit Netflix on September 23rd. The multi-talented filmmaker spoke about his anticipation for A Jazzman’s Blues‘ arrival on the PEOPLE Every Day podcast.
“I’m beyond excited about it,” he said. “It’s something very, very different for me. And, so far the reception of it has been incredible.”
Although the movie has a great storyline, Perry found it challenging to book emerging actors/actresses.
Perry explains, “Unfortunately, with this film, I went to a bunch of up-and-coming young artists who were getting a lot of attention, and I asked them about doing the role. They read the script and loved it, but I think there was a reservation or hesitation about working with me in particular on this film because I guess they didn’t know how it would turn out.”
Perry also says their declined offer is a “too bad, so sad for them” moment.
He adds, “A lot of times these teams don’t necessarily understand the power of my audience and what I bring. The people who are in [A Jazzman’s Blues] made it exactly what it was supposed to be. It’s better than I ever thought it would be, but it’s always been very important to me to break new faces. And that has opened the door for me to be able to help so many people.”