May 9 2013, 10:10am CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr
Noosa Films is set to produce the project after winning rights to the book from French publishers, Editions Robert Laffont, and producer W. Lance Reynolds hopes to cast the Bajan singer-and-actress in the lead role.
He said in a statement: ''Rihanna is one of the most talented performers of this millennium and with her unique acting and performing abilities I have no doubt she will bring Josephine back to life on the big screen.''
Born in America in 1905, Baker became a French citizen in 1937 after moving to Paris, where she was renowned as a world class dancer and stage performer.
The cabaret star was the first African-American female to feature in a major movie, starring in 1934's 'Zouzou', and was given the Croix de guerre, a prestigious French military honour, for her efforts in aiding the French Resistance during World War II.
Meanwhile, Motown star Diana Ross has long lobbied to bring Baker's life in a biopic but to no avail.
Rihanna recently made her movie debut with a role in 'Battleship' in 2012.
Source: Bang Movies
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