In accordance with their overall agreement with the streaming service, Higher Ground Productions—founded by former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama—is planning to make another movie for Netflix. Colman Domingo will portray the late civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin in the film Rustin, which tells his life story. Here is all the information you require.
George C. Wolfe, an Emmy nominee who previously worked on Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman, will helm Rustin. Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn, wrote the script for Rustin. Tobias Schliessler (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and A Wrinkle in Time) is directing the film, and Toni-Leslie James is designing the costumes.
What’s the storyline in Rustin?
Rustin is a Netflix film based on the life of late civil rights campaigner Bayard Rustin, who was a strategist and activist who promoted nonviolent social change techniques for more than a half-century. He is best remembered for organising the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which served as the backdrop for Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” address.
His work was occasionally hampered by his controversial past, which included participation in the Young Communist League, a three-year prison sentence for refusing to cooperate with the military on conscientious grounds, and his open homosexuality, which included an arrest for obscene vagrancy.
Prior to the 1963 march, Senator Strom Thurmond condemned Rustin on the Senate floor. Rustin died in 1987 after visiting Haiti to investigate the possibility of democratic reform in conjunction with an upcoming election. In 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin.
Who is Rustin’s cast?
We first learned that Colman Domingo was being considered for the lead part in July 2021; this has since been verified. Domingo is most recognised for his roles in Candyman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix, and Fear The Walking Dead. The full cast roster for Rustin on Netflix was revealed in October 2021.
The following is a list of the stars:
Colman Domingo (Lincoln) as Bayard Rustin
CCH Pounder (The Shield) as Dr. Anna Hedgeman
Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married) as A.J. Muste
Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner) as Martin Luther King Jr.
Carra Patterson (Straight Outta Compton) as Coretta Scott King
Michael Potts (Show Me a Hero) as Cleveland Robinson
Adrienne Warren (Blue Bloods) as Claudia Taylor
Frank Harts (Billions) as James Farmer
Johnny Ramey (Rage Room) as Elias Taylor
Ayana Workman (Person of Interest) as Elanor Holmes
Gus Halper (Dickinson, Cold Pursuit) 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 state of Rustin’s production?
According to Production Weekly issue 1253, Netflix’s Rustin biopic will begin production in Summer 2021. Pittsburgh and Ohio were used for filming. Filming was set to begin in August 2021 and conclude in December 2021.
Filming seems to begin slightly later than expected in September 2021. As a result, reports indicate that filming will continue until the middle of December. Filming is expected to end on December 12th, 2021.
Throughout the film, we see several eyewitnesses shooting, including the Port Authority of Pittsburgh informing everyone that, while most bus lines are being redirected, some slightly older buses are taking their place on sixth avenue.
When will Rustin be released?
Rustin was originally scheduled for 2022, but as the year progressed, it became evident that it would not be released in 2022.
Instead, Netflix has since announced (via social media) that the film has been pushed back to 2023.