Janelle Monáe has joined the star-studded cast of the upcoming biopic on second-wave feminist Gloria Steinem.
The Pynk singer has booked the role of African-American and women’s rights activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes. Pitman Hughes and Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, a liberal feminist magazine.
The film, based on Steinem’s memoir The Glorias: A Life On The Road, will star Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore as Steinem at different ages.
The biopic will follow Steinem’s journey to become a crusader for equal rights. It will also focus on her groundbreaking work as a journalist and campaigner.
In addition to her work with Steinem, which extended to co-founding the Women’s Action Alliance in 1971, Pitman Hughes also organized the first shelter for women suffering from domestic abuse in New York City. She furthermore co-founded the New York City Agency for Child Development.
Monáe has already proved to be a queen of the silver screen for her roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures. The pansexual singer will also star in a new Steve Carell action drama and a Harriet Tubman biopic with Cynthia Erivo.