Actor Winston Duke Set To Play Famed Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey In Upcoming Film


March 5, 2021

This should be good!

Actor Winston Duke is set to play famed Black nationalist Marcus Garvey in a new upcoming film, The Grio reports.


Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on August 17, 1887, in Jamaica, spending time in London and Central America before settling in Harlem, New York. Garvey grew to become a political activist and journalist, founding the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), which birthed the political ideology known as Garveyism.

A Black nationalist, Garvey was a staunch advocate for the Back to Africa Movement, promoting unity across the African diaspora and encouraging Black people everywhere to unify around common racial, economic, and political policies. Garvey was the leader of the Pan-African movement, the founder of the Negro World newspaper, and the creator of the Black Star Line, a shipping company. A film about the revolutionary hero’s life is being made starring Black Panther’s Duke. 


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Marked Man is set in the 1920s, centered around a J. Edgar Hoover FBI informant who infiltrates Garvey’s UNIA organization, Deadline reports. Duke will star as Garvey alongside Jesse Williams (Little Fires Everywhere) and DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It). Andrew Donsunmu (Where Is Kyra?) is set to direct with Mark Gordon (Ray Donovan) serving as producer alongside Jackson Pictures’ Matt Jackson (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Glendon Palmer, Robert Teitel, playwright Kwami Kwei-Armah, Joanne Lee, and Esther Douglas. 

The film is based on Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey, a biography written by Colin Grant. Kwei-Armah penned the script with the support of Douglas, who helped develop it. The acclaimed playwright is also working on the script for Spike Lee’s next musical. 

No word yet on when Marked Man will hit theaters but it’s sure to be good!


Photo Courtesy of Coveteur/Jamaica Observer

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