Paula Patton has reportedly optioned film and television rights to Josephine Baker’s Last Dance, a novel by Sherry Jones.
“Josephine Baker had an incredible life and was a remarkable woman,” Patton said Monday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been a childhood dream of mine to play such an inspirational person and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to tell her story.”
Not only was Baker the Jazz icon we all know and love, but she also was an undercover agent for the French resistance during World World II. Josephine Baker is also known for her impact she’s made as a civil rights activist and being the only woman to stand alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and speak at the 1963 March on Washington.
Recently Patton was announced as the lead character in a BET+ film titled Sacrifice. Previously, she has also starred in Jumping The Broom and the Academy Award-winning Precious. Her last film was the 2018 thriller Traffik and she also was on the ABC series Somewhere Between.
The project is currently searching for writers to pen the adaptation.