Weigh In: Should Kelly Rowland Portray Donna Summer In Upcoming Biopic?

Published: Sunday 28th Sep 2014 by Rashad

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.

Details inside:


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?

Your thoughts?

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  1. truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 28, 2014

    Chiiiile, she caint sing tho honey kii

    • NOLIES September 28, 2014

      Lil’ Kim CAN’T rap, nor is she relevant. What kind of ‘legend’ releases mixtapes???? No matter if it’s Barbara Streisand, Janet Jackson, Faith Hill, to the Divorcing Chanteuse, no matter the genre, or commercial success, they release ALBUMS on MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTS! WTF is Kim’s excuse for not having a label? Oh i got it… every time she walks into the label office, they think she’s the Asian/Chinese food delivery woman.

      • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 29, 2014

        Wayne, jz, drake, rick ross tupac, rakim….biitch u just sounded stupid. all The legends release mixed tapes ho. Yo p**** stank

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  2. Keri Qween September 28, 2014

    Why not her music career isn’t happening

    • Jamie September 29, 2014

      Still mad Keri got shitted on at VH1 Divas?

  3. iamdexxx September 28, 2014

    Yes Kelly bring ms. Donna back to life. Something another “actress” couldn’t do in a another bio pic. #CantActForShit

  4. ash. September 28, 2014

    Yes! No one else could do it like her! She has the look, the voice and the acting skills to do it. So why not?
    To all the haters, she can sing you dumbasses… If she couldn’t sing she wouldn’t have sold 30+ million. But whatever. That’s a different argument.
    I’m all here for Kelly to play Donna.

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 29, 2014

      But she caint act tho… 😐

  5. There once was a pimp and his h**…. September 28, 2014

    This is a tough one. I don’t know about her acting ability but she looks the part and the vocal ability is there so I’m not sure.

  6. Love September 28, 2014

    Yesss kelly will be best for that roll.. I’m here for this one.. Just have to put your all boo..

  7. #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre-Order “Aquarius” Now On iTunes) September 28, 2014

    She should do it, it would help build more interest in her music as well and overall because she looks like her but of course, she has to make sure she NAILS this!

    And people on here need to calm down with these flop remarks, it’s annoying. Kelly may not be at the top of the charts but atleast she is actually doing something and making money other than some of y’all who wake up in the morning and immediately comment and talk trash about people’s lives. SMH!

  8. Aaron September 28, 2014

    This is what she needs.. She was born for this roll..

  9. Friendofminds September 28, 2014

    Who knows she mite already have the roll and just waiting to drop that load.. It could be a hit. All she did was put a pic up for tbt tribute to Donna summers

  10. Aaron’s baby momma September 28, 2014

    Why should our opinion matter? If she says Kelly’s the perfect person to play HER than why is anyone’s opinion relevant? She knows herself better than anyone. Biopics are always better when family members or the person they’re based on are involved in the casting process. They know more than we do.

  11. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) September 28, 2014

    Umm… YES! We’ve only been saying this for years. This would be the perfect role for her and would be something good to hold us fans over until we get new music. Kelly seems really serious about wanting to get her acting career, this would be the perfect opportunity to get started. She needs to make sure she studies Donna entirely and delves into this project head on!

  12. RICHIE_RICH September 28, 2014

    This would be prefect for her.

  13. Anne September 28, 2014

    Shouldn’t her acting ability (or lack thereof) be the main concern? This article has such a deficient assessment in that there appears to be no consideration whatsoever to her ability to act. Why do you think Elise got the part in the Aaliyah movie? Because she’s an actress that’s why, not because she has anything sonically in common with Gladys. These roles should be played by good actresses who know how to lip sync or they will be painful to watch. Some people are good at singing and acting and IF that’s the case it’s all good, but acting has to be the main concern since it’s a movie as opposed to a concert.

    • NOLIES September 28, 2014

      Good point

  14. Nicki Is Queen September 28, 2014

    no one will watch it regardless who plays the lead

    • Molly September 28, 2014

      Lol true

  15. SMH September 28, 2014

    This ish will flop harder than Cadillac Records. And she’ll look just as foolish as that girl who played Etta James.

    • Molly September 28, 2014


    • Britney Stan September 28, 2014

      Kellys a better actress than bey tho

      • Anne September 28, 2014

        I’m not so sure about that. Have we seen enough of Kelly’s acting to really make a judgment? Beyoncé has had to attempt meatier roles while as far as I know Kelly hasn’t really done enough acting for us to know one way or another.

    • LB September 28, 2014

      Kelly can sort of act, Bey is a horrible actress.

      • king B September 29, 2014

        Not Ciara getting called Rihanna and then Booed at Paris fashion week

  16. Molly September 28, 2014

    I’ve never checked for either of them so bye.

    • LB September 28, 2014

      Just like nobody has ever checked for Ciara since her 5 year career came to an end?

      BTW is the new classic Gold yet?

    • katycat September 29, 2014

      I am screaming ultimate death noooooooo that the karma of that stupid Z squad that coming back to her poor cici.

  17. Tina September 28, 2014

    Yawn another biopic about an artist no one cares about

  18. LB September 28, 2014

    Absolutely, KellyNowhereLand was supposed to be the modern day version of Donna Summer, her dance music slays and it’s where she signed the most, even with the horrific live performances.

    She isolated her EU fanbase with TAGG, she should have released another Here I Flop type album, only with better promo this time around.

    Dance music is her lane, she should have stuck with it.

      • LB September 28, 2014


      • JOHNVIDAL September 29, 2014

        Wow and then they she doesn´t lip LOL. I saw it since day one, she lips as much as everybody else. Don´t know why so many people believed she was the only one not doing it or something for this long. And she´s not even lipping a difficult ballad (the type of ballad Whitney , Mariah, Celine had to sing I mean, not the ballads Beyonce does which are clearly less demanding since she doesn´t have it like them), she was lipping a “Onana goats my name” type of song LOL

  19. NOLIES September 28, 2014

    I remember doubting Jamie Fox, and thinking there was no way he could pull off being Ray Charles, but he SHUT MY ASS UP in the first 20 minutes. So, if she can do anything like that, she has my vote. She def has the look. I actually hope she gets this role. It would be nice to see her so for once.

  20. thetruth September 28, 2014

    Kelly would be perfect for this role… if u wanna see kelly acting abilities go to youtube and watch the full movie the seat filler. She did really great in tht movie.

    • NOLIES September 28, 2014

      That movie required her to be a singer with a successful career… She really did have to do a lot of acting.

      • Torri Clue September 29, 2014
  21. dydy972 September 28, 2014

    yes yes yes, kelly is perfect for this role. Great choice

  22. Kisses Down Low September 29, 2014

    Yes yes and yes. I always said I was here for it! She looks like her and has the class, grace and talent to pull it off.

  23. Beysus September 29, 2014

    HELL YEA!!!

  24. Monica Stan September 29, 2014

    Kelly is so pretty, and yes, I think she would be perfect for the role.

  25. Timago September 29, 2014


  26. Dem Lessors September 29, 2014

    ^ I can’t with this kid.

  27. Mingxxx September 29, 2014


    • JOHNVIDAL September 29, 2014

      Who cares? She can´t act either. The woman in the film will be a decent actress, not them (probably Penelope Cruz).

  28. Thetruth September 29, 2014

    Kelly already has landed the role! Its official… She will be playing Donna Summer! Theirs gonna be alot of angry ppl of other r&b ladies! Oh boy… Let the hate begin…

    • Ms fine September 29, 2014

      How do you no she already got the role?? I really hope so..

  29. dotti September 29, 2014

    yes, she would be a great tribute to donna summer or even gladys knight. i hope it happens.

  30. InfameMary September 18, 2016

    Yes! Kelly should, I’ve seen her in Empire and she can act! She also looks like Gladys Knight, so she can do that too!

  31. Brenda November 8, 2019

    Yes, she looks just like her and we all know Kelly can sing!

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