Per Shadow & Act, a production company called Noosa Films has won the rights to Baker’s autobiography and hope to bring the singer/actress/activist’s story to the big screen.
W. Lance Reybolds, a producer on the film, reportedly wants Rihanna to take on the role and has publicly stated so. “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.”
This isn’t the first time a new Josephine Baker film has been rumored to be in production. A few years ago both Beyonce and Alicia Keys were reportedly up for the role. Beyonce was also up for the lead in a supposed Lena Horne biopic. So many of these films never see the light day. Chances are this one won’t either.
The original ‘Josephine Baker Story’ aired on HBO and cost a fraction of what it would have cost to put it up on the big screen.
Still, if anyone has an interesting life story that should be told over and over again, it is Josephine Baker. If you aren’t familiar with Josephine, click here. If you haven’t seen the HBO film on Josephine I believe it is available via Netflix rental only.