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Regina King Says She Will Be Hosting a One Night in Miami 'Watch Party' on Her 50th Birthday

Regina King is set to celebrate her 50th birthday with her highly anticipated directorial debut of the film One Night in Miami.

While appearing virtually on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning, the 49-year-old actress opened up about plans for her 50th birthday Friday, sharing that they will be lowkey amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Asked by GMA co-host Robin Roberts how she plans to celebrate the milestone occasion, King began, "Well, that's just an interesting question to ask people these days, right?"

"I will be celebrating at home and hosting a watch party," King shared, referencing the release of her upcoming historical drama film, One Night in Miami, which will drop on Amazon Prime that same day.

The movie — based on Kemp Powers' 2013 stage play of the same name — follows Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) on a fictional evening spent celebrating with his three friends — NFL star Jim Brown, singer Sam Cooke and Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X — after he defeated boxing world champ Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Center.

Earlier this month, in an interview with British Vogue, King spoke candidly about turning 50 and revealed that life only gets better with age.

"I feel like I'm so much more interesting now, as a soon-to-be 50-year-old woman, than I was at 25," King told the outlet. "I can bring so much more to the table. I think that's the same for all people."

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The mom of son Ian, 24, also noted that she cherishes the experiences she's had along the way.

"You may not have the stamina that you had at 25, but what you know now? So much better," she said.

During her time with GMA, King detailed more about One Night in Miami, sharing what attracted her to directing the feature.

"Well, there are a lot of things that I'm interested in, but at that time I was speaking to my agents about directing a love story with a historical backdrop — kinda like a Titanic," she said. "And I would say that this is not a typical romance, but it may be a bit of a bromance."

Then, as co-host Michael Strahan questioned King more about what made One Night in Miami "the right story" for her to direct, King noted that the four men featured within the film played a major role.

"These four men are powerhouses," she said. "If not all of them, at least one of them have touched our lives in some way."

"And Kemp Powers, the writer, he was able to humanize them in a way that we don't normally see them. We don't think about them as men, we treat them and think of them as Gods — as if they aren't vulnerable, as if they didn't have fears or concerns," she added. "In this piece, we get to see them as men [and] see them celebrating each other, see them be brothers."

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