EXCLUSIVE: Lorraine Toussaint, who currently stars in AMC’s Into the Badlands, has been cast as the feminist, civil rights advocate and activist Flo Kennedy in the upcoming biopic on iconic women’s rights leader Gloria Steinem which is being directed by Julie Taymor. The Glorias stars Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander who are both playing Steinem at various stages of her life. The film is based on Steinem’s memoir.
Flo Kennedy was a powerhouse and somewhat flamboyant civil rights activist who often showed up in her cowboy hat, false eyelashes and pink sunglasses. She said that she liked to make white people nervous. She organized the protest against the Miss America contest and was arrested more than once in standing up for the rights of women and blacks. She later went on the lecture circuit with Steinem.
Alex Saks is producing the project via her Page Fifty-Four Pictures, with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are serving as executive producers.
Toussaint is also the lead of the new NBC series The Village which will premiere March 12 right after the critical/ratings darling This is Us. Her film Fast Color releases at the end of March. In addition, Toussaint is a voice actor on Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princess of Power and is co-starring in the upcoming Aug. 8 release of Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark.
She is repped by Frontline Management and Innovative Artists.
Anita Busch contributed to this article.