Cameron Diaz has been announced as lead actress in a forthcoming biographic musical about African American author, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
The news comes weeks after controversy involving a white actor being cast to portray Michael Jackson, and right before the Academy Awards which have faced criticism for failing to nominate black film artists.
Diaz promised to give the character a respectful interpretation by fusing Angelou’s personal history with the unique perspective of white culture.
She cited the Broadway smash Hamilton as inspiration.
In Hamilton, creator and lead actor Lin-Manuel Miranda portrays Alexander Hamilton using hip hop as a means to interpret and tell the duel-victim’s history.
Diaz said the film’s main ballad will be a country rock interpretation of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” which is adorably titled “The Caged Birdy’s Honky-Tonk Tweet.”
Diaz said that she spent hours closely observing her birds in preparation for the performance.
At press time, the Academy applauded the move towards diversity and preemptively nominated Diaz for her performance.
28 thoughts on “Cameron Diaz to star as Maya Angelou in biography”
She is a B level actress and is not skilled enough to carry out the project. Does this mean there is not a single Black actress for this part?
They did not research enough !!!
Why the Cage Bird sings is not about cage birdies. Hollywood has lost their rabbit ass minds and I can not imagine the meaning in rock n roll.
Why? This is totally ridiculous, yet Idris can’t play an imaginary character. .As much as I loved Maya, I wouldn’t go see this…
Just came by to see the comments lol
fun, aren’t they?
Same here. People are special. 🙂
Bringin’ the popcorn over…
Im so upset w myself right now for not auditioning for this part! Well the leading role to play Diana Ross in Diana Ross’s autobiography is up soon so wish me luck in getting that part yall! Keep in eye out for it, the movie is going to be called “I am Every Woman!” #FingersCrossed
Good luck, girl! I totally missed my chance to play Princess Diana many years ago… but I’m hoping in due time I’ll be able to play the Queen :-).
Just one word: Foolery
Fuck all this white washed black history bullshit.. Get hit by a bus the whole fckin cast
I’m a 32 yr old black woman & I’m going to play Robin Williams…
I hate people lmao 😂😂😂
This is insanity. When will white people stop playing blackface. I am absolutely dumbfounded.
These comments are hilarious thanks folks.
I don’t know why some of you are upset… I think this is an excellent choice… I love Cami D!
I’m a 53 year old asian man. I’m slated to star as Cameron Diaz in her upcoming sci-fi biography.
since there are no thumbs up or down, all i can do is tell you you made me giggle. thanks!
I’d say you have a great chance in getting the part!
Jesus, Annie, Grease and so many others have been “reinvented” why is this off limits?
Hell no shit ain’t cool
I’m not surprised at all. A sure way to make Hollywood whiter.
My simple question is: will she be painted black to truely depict Maya’s rich Africanness?
So Gabriella Union will play Princess Diana in a soon to be released autography.
I am a 38 year old African American woman and I just got casted to play John Candy!!!
I don’t know what so many people leaving posts here think is so funny! This is a horribly outrageous thing that Diaz is playing this great poet!!!! It should have been the great actress and model Melania Trump!
maybe I should audition to play Hillary Clinton that’ll be cool…. but on a serious note,this is bullshit
No no no. It’s not Bullshit, it’s Stubhill.