Ruth Negga has been cast as Josephine Baker in the limited series, Josephine. The series will chronicle the life and times of the civil rights activist and entertainer Josephine Baker. ABC Signature and LeBron James‘s Springhill Entertainment have signed on as executive producers.
“Josephine is a raw and unflinching look at the force of nature that was Josephine Baker, the biggest Black female artist of her time. From international superstar and decorated WWII spy, to civil rights activist and flawed mother, Josephine delves into the raw talent, sexual fluidity, struggles and bold life of an icon,” the logline states, according to Deadline.
Over the course of two decades, Negga has made her name as the star of several theater productions and major motion pictures. Most notably, she appeared in 12 Years A Slave, Ad Astra and World War Z. She also earned an Oscar nod for her role in Loving. Josephine will mark her first time as the lead in major limited series since she starred in AMC’s The Preacher.