In the early 90’s, award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield starred in a biopic chronicling the 1920’s african american dancer/singer who opted out of the racist beliefs of the US by taking her talents to Europe where she found worldwide fame. It’s been a Hollywood tradition of sorts to cast the hottest female vocalist to play a legendary vocalist on screen. Dating back to “Lady Sings the Blues” when a young Diana Ross flawlessly portrayed Billie Holiday. Fast forward a few decades and we’ve got Beyonce as Etta James and now Rihanna as Josephine Baker. Tall order? She’s got the looks but does she have the chops? Think she can pull it off?
Some production company called Noosa Films has a Josephine Baker biopic in the works with Rihanna as its first choice to play the lead role.
The ‘Diamonds’ hitmaker is producers’ first choice to play the iconic American-born French dancer in a new biopic about her life, based on her autobiography ‘Josephine’.
Noosa Films won rights to her autobiography “Josephine” from French publishers, Editions Robert Laffont. According to WENN, producer W. Lance Reynolds is hoping Rihanna will accept the part.
“Rihanna is one of the most talented performers of this millennium and with her unique acting and performing abilities I have no doubt she will bring Josephine back to life on the big screen,” Reynolds said in a statement.