Beyonce as Angela Davis?Published by Clay Cane on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:03 am.
I’m sure you’ve heard the news that there is an Angela Davis biopic in the works. The director, Franco-Algerian Rachid Bouchareb, has his eye on Beyonce Knowles to play the legendary civil rights leader.
“Bouchareb, who will produce the movie through his French production company, plans to shoot in summer 2010 with a budget in the region of $20 million-$30 million, and is lining up a major French backer. The script is by novelist Yasmina Khadra, whose book ‘The Attack’ has been optioned by Focus Features. No cast is yet attached but Bouchareb has his lead actress firmly in mind: ‘I want Beyonce Knowles to play Angela Davis,’ he said. ‘It’s a great dramatic role for her.’”
Bouchareb is from France so maybe he doesn’t realize there are actually other black actresses in the world other than Beyonce. Sure, she is a talented singer and dancer, but playing the role of Ms. Davis should be reserved for a stone-cold actress. Also, if you think Etta James got mad with Beyonce, you don’t want a former Black Panther who was once on the FBI’s most wanted list to have it in for Bey — she might stage a protest outside of the House of Dereon headquarters!
So, in the event that Bouchareb doesn’t know any better, here are a few names that would be better consideration. Please feel free to spread the word!
With an afro, Newton would probably look the most similar to Angela Davis. She is also becoming more of a bankable actress having recently appeared in crossover roles like RocknRolla and W., where she played Condoleezza Rice.
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji could be the next Halle Berry. She is an Oscar nominee and has a degree in theatre arts from Howard University.
You can’t go wrong with Kerry Washington. She is well-informed with politics, which one would need for this political role, and was amazing in films like The Last King of Scottland and Ray.
King is a Screen Actors Guild nominee and has appeared in movies like Ray and Jerry Maguire. Pick Regina and the film just might be Oscar worthy — not Razzie worthy.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith’s wife might just be your number one pick. She is excels in aggressive female roles, a household name and might be willing to take a pay cut if there is a strong script — she ain’t struggling for cash with Big Willie.