Now this is gonna be good.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom director George C. Wolfe is teaming up with Academy Award winning writer Dustin Lance Black to make a new film for Netflix, Rustin, about civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and we can’t wait to see how good it is. In a statement from Netflix, the logline for Rustin says that the movie “tells the story of charismatic, gay, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who overcame an onslaught of obstacles, and altered the course of American history by organizing the 1963 March on Washington.”
Wolfe is one of the most talked about directors this year, with his film Ma Rainey’s, starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman scooping up award nominations left and right. The film received nine NAACP Image Award nominations, including one for Wolfe’s direction, eight Critics’ Choice Award nominations, and 3 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Most recently, both stars were nominated for Golden Globes for their leading roles.
He’s also known for his work in the theater, where he created the musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. He’s won five Tony Awards, including one for directing Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk in 1996, and another for directing Angels In America: Millennium Approaches in 1993.
Black won an Oscar for his screenplay for Milk, about gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk. He also wrote 8, a play about Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal case that overturned California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. Most recently, he created When We Rise, an eight-part miniseries about the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement in the US.
Rustin is one of the biggest figures of the civil rights movement, working closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. and helping to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.
The film is being produced by Black, Bruce Cohen, and former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions.