In a year filled with accolades and breakthrough moments, Emmy winner Colman Domingo is set to embark on a new and exciting chapter in his career. After captivating audiences with his remarkable performance as civil rights icon Bayard Rustin in George C. Wolfe’s biopic “Rustin,” Domingo is gearing up for his directorial debut in a feature film. And here’s the kicker – it’s a movie musical!
Domingo’s journey to this point has been nothing short of extraordinary. For years, he honed his craft with supporting roles in acclaimed films like “Lincoln” and “Selma.” However, it was his portrayal of Bayard Rustin that truly catapulted him into the spotlight, earning him widespread acclaim and whispers of an impending Oscar nod.
In an exclusive interview with FilmSweep’s Perri Nemiroff, Domingo hinted at his newfound aspirations, saying, “I do. I do. I can’t say it just yet, but I’m going to make my directorial debut for a feature film, playing an American icon. I co-wrote the script, and it’s a movie musical. [Laughs]” This revelation marks a significant leap for Domingo, who has previously dipped his toes into directing with a few episodes of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.” Still, helming a feature film while also leading the cast is a whole new ball game.
With characteristic confidence and a dash of humor, Domingo acknowledges the challenge ahead, remarking, “I don’t know if I’m gonna lose my mind or what because I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m going from my first leading role in a feature film to now slash, slash, slash, slash doing everything in the world.’ So I might have to get some pointers and tips from Bradley Cooper and people like that to say, ‘Am I crazy?’ But I actually feel like I’m up for the task because I know that I see it visually, I understand it dramaturgically, and I feel like it’s like a painting. I want to do the whole painting, and I can be in it at the same time.”
Beyond his directorial ambitions, Colman Domingo’s plate is already filled with exciting projects. “Rustin,” which arrives on Netflix on November 17, finally shines a light on Bayard Rustin’s pivotal role in the civil rights movement, shedding light on the openly gay advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. who orchestrated the historic March on Washington. Domingo shares the screen with a star-studded cast, including Chris Rock, Aml Ameen, Glynn Turman, and many others, promising a cinematic experience that’s not to be missed.
Looking ahead to 2024, Domingo is set to join forces with more A-listers in Ethan Coen’s solo film, “Drive-Away Dolls.” This star-studded production features Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Pedro Pascal, Matt Damon, and Beanie Feldstein, promising yet another exciting chapter in Domingo’s already illustrious career.
As Domingo’s directorial debut inches closer to reality, fans and film enthusiasts alike eagerly anticipate the next captivating chapter in the actor’s multifaceted journey. “Rustin” is already making waves in select theaters, and its arrival on Netflix on November 17 is bound to leave a lasting impression. Keep an eye on FilmSweep for more updates and insights into Colman Domingo’s foray into directing and the remarkable story of Bayard Rustin.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Directorial Debut
Q: What is the title of Colman Domingo’s directorial debut movie?
A: Colman Domingo’s directorial debut is titled “Rustin.”
Q: When will “Rustin” be available for streaming?
A: “Rustin” is set to be released on Netflix on November 17, 2023.
Q: What role did Colman Domingo play in “Rustin”?
A: Colman Domingo portrayed the civil rights icon Bayard Rustin in the film “Rustin.”
Q: Who else is in the cast of “Rustin”?
A: The cast of “Rustin” includes notable actors such as Chris Rock, Aml Ameen, Glynn Turman, and more.
Q: What other projects is Colman Domingo involved in?
A: In 2024, Colman Domingo is set to appear in Ethan Coen’s film “Drive-Away Dolls,” alongside stars like Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Pedro Pascal, Matt Damon, and Beanie Feldstein.
Q: Has Colman Domingo directed before?
A: Yes, Colman Domingo has some directing experience, including directing episodes of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.” However, “Rustin” marks his directorial debut in a feature film.
Q: What genre is “Rustin”?
A: “Rustin” falls into the genres of Biography, Drama, and History.
Q: What is the significance of “Rustin” in relation to civil rights history?
A: “Rustin” sheds light on the important role played by Bayard Rustin, an openly gay advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., in orchestrating the 1963 March on Washington and his contributions to the civil rights movement.
Q: Where can I find more updates and insights about Colman Domingo’s directorial debut and “Rustin”?
A: You can stay updated on Colman Domingo’s directorial debut and “Rustin” by following FilmSweep, where you’ll find more news, reviews, and information about the film.
More about Directorial Debut
- Colman Domingo – Learn more about Colman Domingo’s career and background.
- Rustin on Netflix – Check Netflix for the release date and availability of “Rustin.”
- Bayard Rustin – Explore the life and contributions of civil rights icon Bayard Rustin.
- Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls – Find information about Colman Domingo’s upcoming project, “Drive-Away Dolls,” directed by Ethan Coen.
- FilmSweep – Stay tuned to FilmSweep for the latest updates and insights into Colman Domingo’s directorial debut and “Rustin.”