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Moore and Alicia Vikander will star as Steinem at various points in her career as a journalist and activist crusading for women’s rights. Monae will be playing Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the women’s and civil rights activist that co-founded Ms. Magazine with Steinem.
Julie Taymor is directing from a script based on Steinem’s memoir. Alex Saks is producing via her Fifty-Four Pictures, along with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are executive producing.
After landing roles in best picture Oscar winner Moonlight and the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, singer-songwriter Monae, who recently picked up two Grammy nominations for her album Dirty Computer, has lined up a number of high-profile acting projects. She will next be seen in Welcome to Marwen; is set for the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet; and will voice star in Disney’s live-action Lady and the Tramp.
Monae, who has a first-look deal with Universal, is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.
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