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Lena Waithe has tons of folks hooked on her showtime series The Chi, including director Steven Spielberg. Yes, you read that right.

The legendary director can’t get enough of the gritty Chicago-based drama, and let her know while they were promoting their upcoming flick, Ready Player One.

It was also Spielberg who made Waithe say yes to playing Aech in his sci-fi action epic based on the best-selling book.

And while Waithe thought she wouldn’t go back to acting after Master Of None and becoming the first black woman to nab an Emmy in the comedy writing category, the role, it would seem, was made for the openly gay writer/producer.

Ready Player One, starring Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke, hits theaters March 30th.

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