Janelle Monáe will step into the shoes of legendary entertainer Josephine Baker in a new television series titled “De La Resistance.” A24, the entertainment company behind the Emmy award-winning film Moonlight, will lead the project.
The series will follow Baker during her role as a spy for the Allies during the French resistance. The move ultimately helped them to claim victory over the Nazis. It will also showcase her life as a renowned entertainer.
Not only will Monáe portray the icon known to the world as “Black Venus” and the “Creole Goddess,” the Kansas City native will also serve as a producer under through the Wondaland production company.
As a longtime fan of the legendary singer, Monáe began the role a bit early after paying homage to the late great during this year’s Met Gala. The theme was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.
“Gilded glamour is the theme for this year’s Met Gala, and I would say that [my outfit] is gilded glamour, but in the future,” Monáe told “Entertainment Tonight.” “Once you look, there is going to be a lot of things dancing… glistening, a lot of just diamonds from the earth. Black diamonds.”
The 36-year-old entertainer confirmed the news of her new role via Twitter.
“A dream finally coming to life, my hero,” wrote the “I Like That” songstress. ” Long live Madam Josephine Baker. Let’s go.”
A dream finally coming to life🖤my hero🥺🖤long live MADAM JOSEPHINE BAKER🖤let’s gooooooooooo🌹🚀💋🖤🙏🏾 https://t.co/goWGkx9DDB
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather👽🚆🤖🚀🪐 (@JanelleMonae) May 4, 2022
Baker, who was born in America but was a popular French entertainer and civil rights activist, spent the majority of her career in Europe . She became the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture during her role in the 1927 movie, Siren Of The Tropics.