Ummm What? Rihanna To Play Josephine Baker In Biopic
Remember earlier this week when I said my faith in biopics was being restored? Scratch that.
EurWeb is reporting that a production company by the name of Noosa Films has a Josephine Baker biopic in the works and guess who’s the first choice to play the lead role? Rihanna.
Noosa Films reportedly won the rights to the iconic American and French dancer’s autobiography “Josephine” from French Publishers Editions Robert Laffont, and according to WENN, producer W. Lance Reynolds is praying Rihanna will accept the lead role. Reynolds said in a statement:
“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”
Let the shade begin.
Though “Battleship” is the only work we have to judge Rihanna’s acting ability on, this part seems like a rather large undertaking for someone who is not an actor by trade. And let’s be real, Ri Ri didn’t exactly impress anyone with her 2012 debut movie role.
EurWeb points out that Diana Ross has “long lobbied to bring Baker’s life in a biopic but to no avail,” I think some are hoping this push for Rihanna follows the same route. This is the second biopic in recent years that Rihanna’s name has been attached to. Immediately following Whitney Houston’s death last year, sources said the Bajan singer could be in the running to play her in a potential biopic in the future.
Do you think Rihanna can pull off the role of Josephine Baker? What actresses would you like to see come up for the part?