It was announced earlier this year that Janelle Monáe would be starring in another biopic as well.
Janelle Monáe is certainly having a busy time at the moment. Not only was it announced earlier this week that she would be headlining Wembley Arena next year, but she’s now set to appear in a second biopic.
Earlier this year, it was announced that she was joining the cast of the biopic of political activist and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Although Monáe’s role is currently unknown, it is known that she will be starring alongside Cynthia Erivo, who plays the iconic abolitionist and political activist.
And now Monáe is also joining the cast of the biopic of Gloria Steinem, a second-wave feminist, and she will be playing the feminist activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes.
Pitman Hughes founded the Women’s Action Alliance alongside Gloria Steinem and others in 1971, and also co-founded Ms. magazine alongside Steinem.
She also organised the first shelter in New York for women who had been victims of domestic violence, and she toured America with Steinem talking about issues like class, race and gender.
The film will be based off of Gloria’s memoirs, The Glorias: A Life On The Road, and will follow her journey as she campaigns for equal rights. The film will also star Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider) and Julianne Moore (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) as Steinem at different parts of her life.
In an empowering speech given last month, Monáe said she felt she had a responsibility to protect her “brothers and sisters in the LGBTQIA+ community.”
She also said she wanted “to protect women, to protect black folks, to protect immigrants, to protect lower class folks like my parents who put on uniforms to protect me and my sister.
“I feel a responsibility to protect all the dirty computers around the world: We’re pushed to the margins of society.”
And lashing out at Tr*mp, she said: “I feel a greater responsibility as an artist, but I am a young, black, queer woman in America. I am not afraid to piss off the power.
“We can do this together. I am not afraid to piss off the abuser of power in chief who reminds us daily that the freedom we have is not free — we have to fight for it. I’d like to close by saying: I come in peace, but I mean business.”