Hollywood falls for the incredible (love?) story of Marie-Antoinette and Chevalier de Saint-Georges
A biopic on the mostly unknown, yet fascinating story of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, nicknamed the Black Mozart, is in the works. De Saint-Georges was a son of a slave who became a renowned composer and a very close (wink wink) confidant of Marie-Antoinette.
The last queen of France has not revealed all her secrets just yet! Luckily, Hollywood is here to tell all. Stephen Williams, director and producer on the recent HBO series Watchmen, will soon take on the biopic of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an illegitimate son of an African slave and French plantation owner, born in Guadeloupe in 1745 who rose to improbable heights in French society, dazzling as both a violinist, a composer, and a master fencer.
De Saint-Georges, whose real name was Joseph Boulogne, wrote numerous symphonies, sonatas, concertos, operas and string quartets, and led one of Europe’s most famous orchestras, Le Concert des Amateurs. An accomplished musician, dubbed the Black Mozart, but not just. He was also the first black colonel in the French army and led an all-Black 800 infantry and 200 cavalries against France’s enemies, and was once described by former US president John Adams as "the most accomplished man in Europe".
Kelvin Harrison Jr. in the title role
He became part of Marie Antoinette’s court, where he was one of her music teachers and played several time in public with the queen, until his ultimate downfall - which, rumor has it, was due to his particular closeness with Marie-Antoinette herself... The character can be briefly seen in Sofia Coppola's Marie-Antoinette (see photo above).
Needless to say, we're already hooked, just based on this incredible story. The film will be written by the Emmy-nominated screenwriter of What We Do in the Shadows, Fargo and Atlanta screenwriter Stefani Robinson. Kelvin Harrison Jr., who had breakout roles in It Comes at Night and Monsters and Men, and was recently seen in The Trial of the Chicago 7 as the Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, will take on the lead role. No news yet on who will take on the role of Marie-Antoinette, so stay tuned for that!