‘Homeland’ star David Harewood in talks to play Paul Robeson in Indie Biopic

David Harewood in talks to play Paul Robeson

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David Harewood, who curretly stars on Showtime’s Homeland, is in talks to play Paul Robeson in the indie biopic “Robeson.”

The news was exciting at first until we researched the producers and writers behind the project. Robeson will be produced by Richard Akel and Greg Carter (Thug Life) with a script by Akel and Terry Bisson.  The producers and writers have no real film credits to their name, and the projects they currently have in development —such as Pirate Queen and Aphrodite’s Doctor— are sketchy, to say the least.

Louis Gossett Jr. is also attached to  play the supporting role of WEB “Willy” DuBois. However, Gossett has taken on a number of low budget productions in recent years.

Robeson, born in 1898, was a singer, actor and orator from the 1920s through the 1950s best known for his acting in “Othello” and his singing of “Ol’ Man River.” His political activism brought him to the attention of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, leading to the revocation of his passport for eight years despite his contributions as an entertainer to the Allied forces during WWII.

We’re not going to hold our breath for this one.

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