It's been 14 year's since her passing, and a film depicting her journey to fame is finally in pre-production.
Wednesday, January 10, a London-based film and television production company Showbizbee announced that it will be producing the film. The cast has not been announced yet, but Tweeps have already appointed themselves as casting directors. The good news though, according to various reports, is that it will feature an all South African cast.
The Twitter casting directors have not only put up Brenda Xoli as their favourite choice...
Brenda Ngxoli can play Brenda Fassie very well! We can't argue about that one....Issa Brenda thing....daai ding! pic.twitter.com/iHQGotVCRzTwittaNerd (@LindoMyeni) January 11, 2018
but they have also found an actual Brenda Fassie lookalike.
Bathabile Ngubeni is a 29-year-old Forex advisor, who, despite being a huge fan of the late legend, says she has no real acting or singing experience.
"I'm a bubbly person who can jump on stage and start dancing," she said.
On singing, dancing, and acting, "all these I can do like a normal person, but hold a note? No!" she explains.
While some are of the opinion that seasoned South African actresses should get the role, there is an open discussion on the #OpenUpTheIndustry subject. One which actress, Samkelo Ndlovu explains in a short thread:
I strongly feel the Brenda Fassie portrayal has to be done by an unknown actress. Somebody who's work and personality we cannot attach to the performance. I also believe it should be somebody young.(@SamkeloNdlovu) January 11, 2018
The play went badly, remember who they cast?
We owe Brenda a fresh new face.
I keep seeing a pic of a Brenda look alike circulating. Brenda was WAY MORE than what she looked like. She was so layered as a person and artist. This has to be an actress with range for days!! An actress who is selfless and willing to submerge and allow Brenda to tell her story.(@SamkeloNdlovu) January 11, 2018