While actress Elise Neal won the role of Gladys Knight in a forthcoming Aaliyah biopic, the ‘Empress of Soul’ made it clear that she wants R&B diva Kelly Rowland to portray her if her own biopic ever comes to light.
But, does Rowland have her sights set on another music monarch?
The ‘Down For Whatever’ diva may be throwing subtle hints that she’s down to portray ‘Queen of Disco’ Donna Summer in a forthcoming film based on Casablanca Records – the label that brought Summer to fame. Stirring fans into a heated frenzy this week when she took to Instagram to upload a snap of her rocking a hairdo inspired by the ‘Hot Stuff’ singer, her loyal #RowlandStones almost unanimously urged her to pursue the role.
Kelly has not made it clear that she is interested, but what is clear is that the film is happening (as we reported here) and is set to be led by Grammy winning star Justin Timberlake.
Via our friends at P6:
Spike Lee is reportedly directing “Spinning Gold,” a biopic of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, who helped launch KISS, Joan Jett, the Village People and disco diva Summer. Timberlake has signed on for the role of Bogart.
We are entirely here for this!
For, from where we stand, Rowland represents what Summer stood for – an unapologetic fusion of R&B and electropop (today’s equivalent of disco). Others may argue that the likes of Rihanna and even Kelly’s former Destiny’s Child bandmates Beyonce and Michelle Williams have at least traipsed on EDM-inspired grounds, but even to their furthest extents, they did not do so as intently as the ‘Here I Am’ singer.
With hard-hitting dance tracks like ‘Commander,’ ‘Down For Whatever,’ and ‘When Love Takes Over’ lined side by side with ‘Motivation’ and ‘Kisses Down Low’ in her catalog, she stands to go down as Summer’s sonic reincarnate.
Do you agree?