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Josephine Baker Biopic In The Works – Guess Who Is The Producer’s Choice For The Lead?

Josephine Baker Biopic In The Works - Guess Who Is The Producer's Choice For The Lead?

There is news that a film bio-pic on Joesphine Baker is currently in development, although I’m sure many of you won’t be happy about who’s being considered for the lead.

No, it’s not Zoe Saldana so you can rest easy.

But a production company called Noosa Films has won the rights to Baker’s autobiography from its French publishers, Editions Robert Laffont, and the producer
of the film, W. Lance Reybolds, has publicly stated that he very much wants Rihanna for the role of Baker.

According to Reynolds
“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.”

That’s right, that’s what he said all right.

Of course, as you will recall, Lynn Whitfield played Baker years
ago in the 1991 HBO TV movie, The Josephine Baker Story, and, for years, Diana Ross tried to get a film project about baker off the ground but failed.

But Rihanna as Baker. Yes or no?

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