Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may be the central figure of the 1963 March on Washington, but the event wouldn’t have been made possible without the efforts of several key figures. One forgotten activist, as it turns out, was Bayard Rustin, and Netflix has decided to make a biopic about Rustin and his contributions that led to the historic Civil Rights march.
Here’s the first teaser for Rustin starring Colman Domingo:
The official description reads:
The architect of 1963’s momentous March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was one of the greatest activists and organizers the world has ever known. He challenged authority, never apologized for who he was, what he believed, or who he desired. And he did not back down. He made history, and in turn, he was forgotten. Directed by DGA award and five-time Tony award winner George C. Wolfe and starring Emmy award winner Colman Domingo, Rustin shines a long overdue spotlight on the extraordinary man who, alongside giants like the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker, dared to imagine a different world, and inspired a movement in a march toward freedom.
Besides Domingo, the cast also includes a lot of prominent actors including Chris Rock, Jeffrey Wright, Glynn Turman, and Audra McDonald.
The film was directed by George C. Wolfe who had also helmed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Netflix. The movie is also co-written by Dustin Lance Black, who had written the biopic Milk starring Sean Penn, which was also a movie about a gay activist.
With a release set for November, we should probably see a full trailer for Rustin sometime in October.
Rustin releases on Netflix this coming Nov. 17.