Biopic on Legendary Music Icon Brenda Fassie in the Works

This file dated 08 September 2003 shows the late Brenda Fassie a South African pop star

The cast for an upcoming film about the late Brenda Fassie, pictured, will be entirely South African.

Auditions for the lead role are set to start very soon and the music legend's son, Bongani, confirmed to Radio 702 and allayed fears of foreigners taking a leading role.

In a statement, he said: "It is with great excitement that we have partnered with Showbizbee Film Productions to make the Brenda Fassie movie for box office release".

Described as a period comedy-drama, the film will spotlight Fassie's journey from Langa, Cape Town to Soweto, Johannesburg where she catapulted into stardom.

It didn't take long for South Africans to respond to the news announced by UK-based company Showbizbee, who acquired rights to film, together with Fassie's estate and Legaci Nova.

"Casting will be facilitated by a national open casting process".

Why are they auditioning for Brenda Fassie when there is literally ONE person who can do it?

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A director by the name Edward W. Shaw is reportedly now working on the biopic which he will co-produce with Fassie's son Bongani. Showbizbee will be announcing shortly how to apply.

"I love Brenda Fassie, I always say that she and Lebo Mathosa are two of the greatest musicians".

He said in a statement: "I'm particularly eager to participate in the production as (Co-Executive producer) so that the real story of my mum comes alive to the people of South Africa and the world".

The entertainer told TshisaLIVE she never considered acting but for Brenda Fassie, she would audition.

"Her life was the epitome of a superstar who had worked her entire life creating music to be enjoyed forever".

Production begins next month.

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