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‘Rustin’ Netflix Movie: Everything We Know So Far

‘Rustin’ Netflix Movie: Everything We Know So Far

What is the plot of Rustin?

Netflix’s Rustin is a film based on the life of late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who was a strategist and activist promoting nonviolent strategies for social change for more than half a century. He’s best known for his organization of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the platform for Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.Information Guide Nigeria

His work was sometimes hampered by a past many considered controversial, including membership in the Young Communist League; a three-year prison term for refusal to cooperate with the military on conscientious grounds; and his open homosexuality, including an arrest for lewd vagrancy.

Sen. Strom Thurmond denounced Rustin on the Senate floor prior to the 1963 march. Rustin died in 1987 following a visit to Haiti, where he was exploring the possibility of democratic change in conjunction with a pending election.

President Obama posthumously awarded Bayard Rustin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

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Who is cast in Rustin?

Back in July 2021, we had heard that Colman Domingo was being eyed for the lead role. The 51-year-old is known for appearing in Fear The Walking DeadMa Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Candyman. Other names being considered for roles at the time included Chris Rock.

Netflix is casting for various roles including Elias Taylor who is not based on a real-life character but will serve as one of the organizers. Roy Wilkins is a real-world figure that will be portrayed in the movie. Wilkins was the civil rights activist and head of the NAACP. A. Philip Randolph will also be portrayed in the series who was an American unionist and civil rights, activist.

Here’s a rundown of who will be starring:

  • 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
  • Cotter Smith (Mindhunter) as Chief Wells
  • 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)
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name)
  • Audra McDonald (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Glynn Turman (Super 8)

According to IMDb, Jefferey Wright, Lilly Kay, Grantham Coleman, and Kevin Mambo will also feature in the movie.


What’s the production status of Rustin?

Netflix’s Rustin biopic is set to enter production in Summer 2021 according to issue 1253 of Production Weekly. Filming is to take place in Pittsburgh and Ohio.

Filming is believed to start in August 2021 before wrapping up in November. Actual filming seemed to have started slightly later than planned in September 2021. As a result, reports have suggested that filming will be ongoing until the middle of December. According to reports, filming wrapped on December 12th, 2021.

In October 2021, Colman Domingo spoke to 100.7 Star in Pittsburgh about the film. He spoke about the scale of the film saying how the production is recruiting thousands of extras saying:

“We need thousands of background (actors). And we don’t even call them background on our show. They’re called atmosphere artists. We need a lot of people, a lot of bodies. Black, white, old, young… I always think being an atmosphere artist is great training ground. You can see how a set operates…”

According to TribLive, Netflix recruited 2,000 extras for the movie.

Throughout the course of the movie, we’ve seen various eyewitnesses catching filming including the Port Authority of Pittsburgh notifying everyone that while most bus routes are being diverted, some slightly older busses were taking their place on sixth avenue.

Joshua Alexrod from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted an article akin to ours here with a few new shots from behind the scenes.

What is the release date of Rustin?

Netflix hasn’t set a date for Rustin, but it would normally be expected sometime in 2022.JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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