Colman Domingo to star in Obama’s Higher Ground Productions feature debut “RUSTIN”


Award-winning actor, director and playwright Colman Domingue (Black background of Ma Rainey, Zola, Candyman, Euphoria) will play the main role of “Rust”, the first feature film that President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama Higher ground, product.

Rustin tells the story of a charismatic, gay civil rights activist Bayard rustin, who overcame a barrage of obstacles and changed the course of American history by organizing the 1963 March on Washington.

Also with in front of Domingo, will be Chris rock (Fargo, Untitled David O. Russell Project, Top Five) who will play activist Roy Wilkins; Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s black stockings) will play A. Philippe Randolph; and Audra McDonald (The respect) will play Ella Boulanger.


George C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s black stockings) will direct and co-write the feature film with Dustin Lance Black. The production will be Oscar winner Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Tonia Davis of Higher Ground. Executive producers will be Mark R. Wright and Alex G. Scott of Higher Ground.

Higher Ground’s next list of projects in partnership with Netflix includes feature films West exit and Satellite, and the comic series The G word with Adam Conover. Higher Ground presented the 2021 hit Netflix movie, Paternity, starring Kevin Hart, and the critically acclaimed Netflix film Value, with Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci and Amy Ryan.

About Higher Ground

Higher Ground, founded by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, focuses on telling stories that embody the values ​​that Obamas have stood for throughout their lives. Higher Ground produces scripted films, TV series, children’s programs and documentaries exclusively with Netflix and podcasts exclusively with Spotify. His first outing American factory won the 2019 Oscar for best feature documentary and his first podcast, Michelle Obama’s podcast, was the biggest Spotify Original in history.


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