Beyonce and Zendaya are one of the biggest names in their respective fields. The pair is teaming up and heading to the big screen together for a remake of an iconic film.
According to The Sun, the 40-year old singer and the 25-year old actress have reportedly entered talks to craft a remake of 1959 film Imitation of Life. Zendaya is in talks for a major acting role in the remake, while Beyonce will take on a behind-the-scenes role as a producer.
Imitation of Life will be an adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s 1933 novel of the same name, which spawned two iconic adaptations. The first adaptation hit theaters in 1934, starring Claudette Colbert as a struggling widow who takes in a Black housekeeper and her light-skinned daughter, as they start a business together.
The second adaptation hit theaters in 1959, changing the characters a bit, with the main character, Lana Turner’s Lora Meredith, an aspiring actress. When she loses her daughter and finds her being taken care of by a Black widow and single mother, she takes them in and learns the daughter desperately wants to be seen as white.
The two adaptions were chosen for preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress, the original in 2005 and the remake in 2015. As for the new remake, an insider said, ‘Imitation Of Life is renowned in the film world because of the issues it tackled — and they seem more relevant than ever right now.’
Meanwhile, Beyonce has previously worked behind the scenes in a few projects like Disney’s Lion King, voicing the part of lioness Nala. Zendaya previously appeared in Beyonce’s 2016 music video All Night, revealing in an interview that year that she was ‘obsessed’ with Queen Bey.
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