Higher Ground Productions, founded by former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, is set to produce another movie for Netflix as part of its overall deal with the streamer. Rustin will tell the story of Bayard Rustin, the late civil rights activist who will be played by Colman Domingo. Here’s everything you need to know.
Netflix’s Rustin To Be Directed By Emmy Nominee George C. Wolfe who worked in Ma Rainey black bottom for Netflix, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman.
the roadmap for Rustin It was written by Dustin Lance Blackwho won an Oscar for his 2008 screenplay Milk starring Sean Penn.
The cinematography of the project is being done by Tobias Schliessler (Ma Rainey black bottom and a warp in time) with costumes by Toni Leslie James.
Netflix provided our first look Rustin on August 4, 2022:
what is the plot of Rustin?
Netflix Rustin is a film based on the life of the late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who was a strategist and activist who promoted non-violent strategies for social change for over half a century. He is best known for his organization of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the platform for Dr. Martin Luther King.
His work was sometimes hampered by many pasts considered controversial, including membership in the Young Communist League; a three-year prison term for refusing to cooperate with the military on grounds of conscience; and his open homosexuality, including an arrest for lewd vagrancy.
Senator Strom Thurmond denounced Rustin on the Senate floor before the 1963 march. Rustin died in 1987 after a visit to Haiti, where he explored the possibility of democratic change in conjunction with a pending election.
President Obama posthumously awarded Bayard Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
who is released Rustin?
In July 2021, we heard that Colman Domingo was eyeing the lead role, which is now confirmed.
Domingo is best known for appearing in Fear the walking deadNetflix Ma Rainey black bottom, and candyman.
In October 2021, the lid was lifted on Netflix’s full cast list. Rustin.
Here’s a rundown of who will star:
- Colman Domingo (Lincoln) as Bayard Rustin
- CCH Pounder (The shield) as Dr. Anna Hedgeman
- Bill Irwin (rachel getting married) as AJ Muste
- Amen (the maze runner) as Martin Luther King Jr.
- Carra Patterson (straight from Compton) as Coretta Scott King
- Michael Potts (show me a hero) as Cleveland Robinson
- Adriana Warren (Blue blood) as Claudia Taylor
- Frank Harts (Billion) like James Farmer
- Johnny Ramey (Room of Fury) as Elias Taylor
- Ayana Worker (Person of interest) as Elanor Holmes
- Gus Halper (Dickinson, Cold Chase) as Tom
- Chris Rock (Stand-up, Top Five, Fargo) as Roy Wilkins
- Da’Vine Joy Randolph (dolemite is my name)
- Audra McDonald (Beauty and the Beast) as Ella Baker
- Glynn Turman (super 8) as A. Philip Randolph
What is the production status of Rustin?
Netflix Rustin biopic is scheduled to go into production in summer 2021, according to issue 1253 of Production Weekly.
Filming took place in Pittsburgh and Ohio.
Filming was scheduled to begin in August 2021 before wrapping up in December.
Actual filming appeared to have started a little later than planned in September 2021. As a result, reports suggested that filming will continue until mid-December. According to reports, filming ended on December 12, 2021.
In October 2021, Colman Domingo spoke to 100.7 Star in Pittsburgh about the film. He spoke about the scale of the film saying how the production is recruiting thousands of extras saying:
“We need thousands of backgrounds (actors). And we don’t even call them background on our show. They are called atmosphere artists. We need many people, many bodies. Black, white, old, young… I always think being an atmospheric artist is a great training ground. You can see how a set works…”
According to TribLive, Netflix has recruited 2,000 extras for the film.
Over the course of the film, we saw several eyewitnesses capturing the footage, including the Port Authority of Pittsburgh notifying everyone that while most bus routes are being diverted, a few slightly older buses were taking their place on Sixth Avenue.
Joshua Alexrod of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted an article similar to ours here with some new behind-the-scenes photos.
What is the release date of Rustin?
Rustin was originally included on the 2022 list, but as the year progressed, it became increasingly clear that he would be skipping a 2022 release.
Instead, Netflix provided (via social media) that the film has moved to 2023.
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Here’s a first look at director George C. Wolfe’s Rustin, starring Colman Domingo as Bayard Rustin, the brilliant gay civil rights leader. Coming in 2023. pic.twitter.com/5T0du6klvJ
— Netflix (@netflix) August 4, 2022
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