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Paul Robeson biopic starring Homeland's David Harewood snags Darrell Roodt to direct

02.12.2013

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Variety has some news on the Paul Robeson biographical film staring Homeland's David Harewood. South African director Darrell Roodt has agreed to direct the film for Four Star International and Greg Carter of Nexus films. Some of his works include WINNIE and CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY.

Paul Robeson was a singer and actor "whose political activism brought him to the attention of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, leading to the revocation of his passport for eight years despite his contributions as an entertainer to the Allied forces during WWII." I'd assume the film will mostly cover this period of his life. Also signed on to star is Louis Gossett Jr. who will be playing sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois

If your unfamiliar with Paul Robeson like I am you might want to read up on him as well as W.E.B. Dubois. He had a interesting life and the impact Paul Robeson made in the world went beyond the music he made and the movies he was in. Hopefuly they find a good balance so people can appreciate not only the Paul Robeson's work in entertainment but also his fight for civil rights.

Extra Tidbit: What other singers/actors would you want to see a biography about?
Source: Variety

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