Coming off the TIFF world premiere of her sophomore film Hawa — a very PG Capraesque adventure film bursting with magic dust, Maïmouna Doucouré will take on the life of the iconic Josephine Baker. Deadline reports that Studiocanal project have the support from the family and Bien Ou Bien Productions’ Zangro will once again produce. This should be a big deal for whoever lands the part of Josephine. Production is expected to begin next year so we can date this for a possible 2024 showing.
Baker was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and she renounced her U.S. citizenship to became a French national. She was known as “Black Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, the “Bronze Venus”, and the “Creole Goddess”. Doucouré first broke out with her award-winning short Maman(s) in 2015 and she followed this with her directorial debut in the Sundance preemed Cuties in 2019.