Janelle Monáe Will Star As Josephine Baker In Upcoming A24 Series ‘De La Resistance’

Janelle Monáe Will Star As Josephine Baker In Upcoming A24 Series ‘De La Resistance’

For those who did not know that the iconic Josephine Baker was once a spy, entertainer and entrepreneur Janelle Monae will show you in an upcoming series.

According to Deadline, the eight-time Grammy nominee and SAG winner Monaé is slated to portray the iconic entertainer and freedom fighter Josephine Baker in an upcoming TV series titled De La Resistance.

Complex has reported that the series is based on the upcoming Damien Lewis book titled Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy. The drama will be focusing on Baker’s accomplishments as an entertainer, including her becoming the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture in the 1927 silent film Siren Of The Tropics.

It will also venture into her reported role as a spy for the French Intelligence during World War II fighting against the Nazis. The singer was able to gather intel on the Axis powers through her work and reputation as an entertainer. She later became a civil rights activist in the United States.

Rolling Stone also reported that Baker purportedly used her well-known fame and popularity to infiltrate high society for information as she was able to travel around Europe to spread messages to allied countries. Charles de Gaulle named her to the Legion of Honour as well as awarded Baker with several honors.

Chuck Lightning, Mikael Moore, Nate Wonder and Dana Gills will be executive producers for her production company, Wondaland and Angela Gibbs is also an executive producer.

Co-executive producer and researcher will be the author of The Flame Of Resistance, Lewis whose upcoming book will be published this month.

Monaé’s new novel The Memory Librarian recently debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. She is best known for screen roles in Hidden Figures, Moonlight and Harriet. Upcoming she will co-star in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out 2.

Janelle Monáe Will Star As Josephine Baker In Upcoming A24 Series ‘De La Resistance’

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