Tweets abound on who must play MaBrrr role
Movie on Ma Brrr will have an all-South African cast and produced with her son Bongani Fassie
TWITTER nation wants Brenda Ngxoli to play the role of the late musician Brenda Fassie in an upcoming biopic based on her life.
This is following the announcement by UK-based film and television production company Showbizbee that it had acquired the rights to film the story of late South African musician Brenda Fassie, affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans.
The company said that the film would be written and directed by Edward Shaw with a script based on a story by her son Bongani. It is set to be released this year.
Subsequent to the announcement, many tweeps took to the platform to share a list of SA actresses who would be perfect for the role. And many, including celebrities agreed Ngxoli would “nail” it.
In a statement, Showbizee said: “Brenda, a period comedy-drama, follows a young Brenda Fassie whose determination to become a singer, follows her journey from Langa, Cape Town, to Soweto, Johannesburg, which catapults her into stardom becoming South Africa’s most iconic entertainer, along with becoming a mother.”
By the end of yesterday, Twitter had already made a list of actresses which included: Nomuzi Mabena, Tina Jaxa, Manaka Ranaka and Soso Rungqu.
Another lady who might land herself the role is Twitter user @ sismabrrr Bathabile Ngubeni, who looks exactly like the late musician.
@BlackBrainSA wrote: “Couldn’t agree more that @Ngxoli should play #BrendaFassie , there is no better Brenda that can play Brenda”, while @Clown17muncher said: “Soso = Morongwa would do a Great job she’s a good actress so she should be the one playing Brenda.”
“If it’s not @sosovanderu , Brenda Ngxoli or Tina (singer), then you might as well get an American to play #BrendaFassie,” wrote @JustCuriousZA.
THE cast for an upcoming film about Brenda Fassie will be entirely South African. This was announced yesterday by London based film and television production company Showbizbee, that will be bringing the film to life.
Titled Brenda: The True Story, the production team will partner with the Brenda Fassie Estate and Legaci Nova to see the movie through.
“Casting for Brenda Fassie will be facilitated by a national open casting process. Showbizbee will be announcing shortly on how to apply.
“This role will be open for auditions across South Africa. This initiative, essentially, will give the opportunity for any female across the country to apply for this challenging and honourable role for the movie,” company representatives said.
Showbizbee said it acquired the rights to film the story that will be written and directed by Edward W Shaw with a script based on a story by Fassie’s son, Bongani.
The movie will be a comedy-drama that follows a young Brenda Fassie who is determined to become a singer.
“It follows her journey from Langa, Cape Town, to Soweto up until her rise to stardom and becoming an iconic musician.
“British director and producer Edward W Shaw is fond of Ms Fassie’s music. He is also attracted to her courageous mindset and her love of life. He will bring the real story of Brenda to the silver screen working very closely with Bongani Fassie. Brenda will be an epic roller coaster movie which will surprise the audience,” said Showbizbee’s Pamela Naidoo.
Bongani said he was excited to be part of the process.
“I am particularly eager to participate in the production (as co-executive producer) so that the real story of my mom comes alive to the people of South Africa and the world.
Legaci Nova, the entertainment group behind some of the best selling artists in the country, said it was ecstatic that the iconic brand of Brenda Fassie was being celebrated.
“Her life was the epitome of a superstar who had worked her entire life creating music to be enjoyed forever. This movie is a huge step in the right direction for the African arts industry.
“We are highly enthused to have partnered with Edward W Shaw and team.”
Showbizbee was previously involved in the SA production of Ubuntu, a drama feature of Roelf Meyer and Cyril Ramaphosa during the Codesa process.
The movie will be filmed on location in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Production will begin next month and the movie is set for release later in the year.
Twitterati suggest Brenda Ngxoli, Tina Jaxa or Soso Rungqu should portray the role of late musician Brenda Fassie in an upcoming biopic about her life.
A film on the life of Brenda Fassie, the iconic songbird, is in the works.