EXCLUSIVE: Janelle Monáe has come aboard The Glorias: A Life on the Road, the Gloria Steinem biopic that has Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander playing the feminist and social-political activist at various stages of her life. Julie Taymor is directing the film which is based on Steinem’s memoir.
This seems like a befitting project for Monáe who, like Steinem, is an outspoken human rights advocate. Earlier this year, the multiple Grammy nominee called for a Time’s Up in the music industry to end discrimination, inequality, harassment and the abuse of power.
The Glorias will follow Steinem’s journey to become a crusader for equal rights and her groundbreaking work as a journalist and campaigner.
Alex Saks is producing the pic, via Fifty-Four Pictures, with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are exec producers as filming is slated to start January in Savannah, GA.
Monáe, who broke onto the acting scene with standout performances in the 2016 films Moonlight and Hidden Figures, will next appear in the Robert Zemeckis-helmed Welcome to Marwen from DreamWorks/Universal. Her company, Wondaland Pictures, also recently set a first-look film production deal at Universal.
In addition, Monáe’s forthcoming slate includes STX’s animated release UglyDolls, Disney’s live-action Lady and the Tramp remake, and the Harriet Tubman pic from Focus Features.
She’s repped by Wondaland Management, WME, and Ziffren Brittenham.