Successful transgendered actress, and star of Orange is the New Black, Laverne Cox, to play the role of Beyonce in an upcoming biopic produced by MTV Films.
Jason Swanz, who is the casting director for the film, spoke with Billboard about choosing Cox for the lead role. “We thought it was very important to land a lead who closely resembled Beyonce. We immediately thought of the beautiful Laverne Cox,” Swanz stated.
“Though we know choosing Cox won’t come without some level of controversy, we also realize that die-hard fans of the singer wouldn’t like anyone we chose to play the iconic figure. It is very risky, but we feel like when the public sees how Cox embodies the role, they will fall in love with her and her performance,” he continued.
Swanz also revealed that the film will shed insight into Beyonce’s failed relationships with her father Matthew Knowles, R&B singer Marques Houston, and former Destiny’s Child members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett.
He would not reveal who he chose to play the role of her husband Jay-Z.
Filming for the project is already underway and is expected to conclude in the coming months. CONTINUE READING