News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 5, 2021: A Trinidad and Tobago-born actor who rose to prominence for his part in the “Black Panther,” could play the part of Marcus Garvey in an Amazon film.
Winston Duke, who has also appeared in “Us,” and “Nine Days,” is reportedly in talks to star as the Jamaican national hero and human rights activist in a film entitled “Marked Man” from Amazon Studios.
“Marked Man” is based on the biography of Garvey “Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey” by Colin Grant. Garvey was a major figure in the Black nationalism movement of the 20th century. Amazon Studios owns the rights to the book.
The script for the film was written by the British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster Kwame Kwei-Armah and was initially developed by Esther Douglas. Kwei-Armah recently wrote the screenplay for the “Viagra” musical film by Spike Lee.
The film will be directed by Andrew Dosunmu, who first gained attention in the United States for his work directing music videos for artists like Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone, Common, Tracy Chapman, Wyclef Jean, Kelis, Aaron Neville, and Maxwell. His first feature film was “Restless City” in 2011, and his following film “Mother of George” received critical praise at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. His most recent project was directing “Where is Kyra” starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland in 2017, and his original Netflix project “Beauty” is scheduled for release later this year.
Producers for the Amazon Studios film are Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson. Executive producers are Kwei-Armah, Glendon Palmer and Douglas. Robert Teitel and Joanne Lee.