Janelle Monae Cast In New Gloria Steinem Biopic

Janelle Monae by Cathy Foreman

by: Shumara Thomas

Janelle Monae is unstoppable in every way! Her album (a favorite of 2018) Dirty Computer was just nominated for a Grammy for “Album of the Year” and “Best Music Video” for Pynk. Now  according to Deadline, she has signed onto the new film The Glorias: The Life on the Road. The movie is based on the best selling memoir by feminist and activist Gloria Steinem.

Janelle Monae (Photo by Cathy Foreman)
Gloria Steinem & Gloria Pittman Hughes 

She will be starring opposite Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander, both playing the journalist at different points in her life. Monae herself will be playing the role of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the civil rights activist that co-founded Ms. magazine with Steinem. Both women were captured in the iconic black and white image, holding up a fist by photographer Dan Wynn.

No release date has been given for the film but it will be directed by Julie Taymor, who is best known for the hugely successful Lion King theater adaptation.

Janelle Monae has a current film to hit theaters on Dec 21st, Welcome to Marwen, out on DreamWorks starring actor Steve Carell

Still from Welcome to Marwen
Still from Welcome to Marwen