Cynthia Erivo she will be the protagonist of a biographical film on the true story of Sara Bonetta Forbes, an African princess who in 1850 was offered as a 'gift' to Queen Victoria and became his goddaughter. The currently untitled film will be produced by Benedict Cumberbatch and funded by BBC Films. Erivo will be co-producer.
The biopic is based on At Her Majesty's Request, a biography written by Walter Dean Myers, which tells how a princess of the West African Egbado tribe (now Yewa), of the Yoruba people, was orphaned and was later sold as a slave before the English captain Frederick E. Forbes of the Royal British Navy decided to take it to England to offer it to the Queen.
Forbes Bonetta was originally born with the name of Omoba Aina and became a slave at just 5 years old at the court of King Ghezo of the kingdom of Dahomey. It was taken in 1850 and renamed Sara Bonetta Forbes, as the name of the English ship on which the captain was traveling, Bonetta, and as the surname of the British officer himself, Forbes.
Cynthia Erivo has been nominated twice for an Oscar for the film Harriet, in which she starred in the role of Harriet Tubman, for both Best Actress and Best Original Song. The actress also starred in the series The Outsider and we will soon see her in Chaos Walking and in an Amblin project, Carrier, based on a sci-fi podcast. Erivo will play Aretha Franklin in the next season of Genius as well as appearing on the Talent Show for Universal.
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