‘Rustin’ Netflix Movie: Everything We Know So Far

Iksha Tiwari

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Rustin is currently the most famous movie currently in filming and production. The famous Higher Ground Productions founded by former US presidents Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama that is set to now produce another film for Netflix as a part of their overall deal with the streamer. Rustin’s movie will tell the story of a guy named Bayard Rustin who was a late civil rights activist. He was the one who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington Freedom and jobs.

The Netflix movie Rustin will be directed by one of the most greatest direct George C Wolfe who is an Emmy Nominee who recently garnered great reviews for his directed in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom that starring the late Chadwick Boseman. The script for Rustin was written by Dustin Lance Black who has won an Oscar for his screenplay.

Rustin movie is currently in the production stage and the filming of the movie will continue in the Pittsburgh area all through mid-December. So, here’s everything you need to know about Rustin so far. The news first came out in August that Rustin movie would be shooting in Western Pennsylvania that would start in late September. Also the Pittsburgh film office director told the media portal at the time that  “we’re very happy that Netflix decided to come again and with such a high-profile show for the region.”

Now, lets further discuss what we know about the movie by far:

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What is ‘Rustin’ about?

The film Rustin is a biopic movie of Bayard Rustin who is a gay civil rights activist. He was the one who actually helped organize the 1963 march on Washington. “Rustin” was best known for his strategies for social change that is for more than half a century. He was also known for his 1963 March on Washington  for Jobs and Freedom. The platform for Dr. Martin Luther Kings’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

All of his work was also sometime hampered by many controversies that included the membership in the Young Communist League. It was a three year prison term as a result of the regusal to cooperate with the military on conscientious grounds. The movie Rustin will be based on all the struggles he faced while becoming a prominent figure in the movement that will ultimately put together the most famous and seminal events of American History.

Cast Details Of Rustin

Early in July 2021, we had some reports that said the Colman Domingo was being looked out for the lead role. The 51 year old actor is known for his prominent works like Fear The Walkign Dead, Candyman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and more. Now according to the recent reports, Netflix is casting for different roles that includes Elias Taylor who is not based on the real life character. Roy Wilkins will also be portrayed in the film as the civil rights activist and the head of the NAACP. We have a rundown list from Netflix Life that includes the list of actors we will be seeing in the film:

  • Colman Domingo (Lincoln) as Bayard Rustin
  • CCH Pounder (The Shield) as Dr. Anna Hedgeman
  • Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married) as A.J. Muste
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name)
  • Audra McDonald (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Glynn Turman (Super 8)
  • Aml Ameen  as Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Carra Patterson  as Coretta Scott King
  • Michael Potts (Show Me a Hero) as Cleveland Robinson
  • Ayana Workman (Person of Interest) as Elanor Holmes
  • Gus Halper (Dickinson, Cold Pursuit) as Tom
  • Chris Rock (Stand-up, Top Five, Fargo)
  • Adrienne Warren (Blue Bloods) as Claudia Taylor
  • Cotter Smith (Mindhunter) as Chief Wells
  • Frank Harts (Billions) as James Farmer
  • Johnny Ramey (Rage Room) as Elias Taylor
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Besides that we can also Grantham Coleman, Jefferey Wright and Lilly Kay featuring in the movie.

Writing & Direction Of Rustin

There’s a lot of things that will surprise us in the movie. Because the movie is being written by Dustin Lance Black. He is a great writer who also wrote down the screenplay for the amazing 2008 Harvey milk biopic “Milk”. The film will be directed  by George C.Wolfe who was also in Pittsburgh a few years ago to helm Netflix’s film adaptation of August Wilson. That will wont two Oscars at the 2021 award function.

Production Updates Of Rustin

The movie began its production in summer of 2021 and the filming is taking place in Ohio and Pittsburgh. The filming actually started in September 2021 and is still ongoing until the middle of December. So we are expecting to the movie to be wrapped by 12th or 13th December 2021.

Earlier in October Colman Domingo also talked to a media portal and said: “We need thousands of background (actors). And we don’t even call them background on our show. They’re called atmosphere artists. We need a lot of people, a lot of bodies. Black, white, old, young… I always think being an atmosphere artist is great training ground. You can see how a set operates…”

So, now the movie is still in the production stage so we cannot expect the movie to arrive in early 2022. However, we can normally expect the movie to arrive in the second half of 2022, once the post production part of the film gets ended with.

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This was all what we knew about Rustin so far. Stay tuned to our website to get real time updates about the movie and don’t miss out any update on Rustin film. Are you waiting for this movie? Answer us in the comments section below.

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