Janelle Monáe with Josephine Baker in the WWII series ‘De La Resistance’

Janelle Monáe will play cheerleader and French Resistance agent Josephine Baker in an upcoming TV series.

From studio A24, De La Resistance will continue Baker’s role as a spy for French Resistance in World War II. It will also cover her career as an artist, having become the first black woman to star in a motion picture in the silent film Siren Of The Tropics 1927.

Jennifer Yale, best known for her work on Outlander, See, and Legion, will act as show leader for the series. Monáe will also act as a producer under its production company Wondaland Pictures.

By Deadline, the series is being debated by multiple streaming services.

As well as being associated with the French Resistance, which won multiple honors from the French leader General Charles de Gaulle, Baker is also known for her contribution to the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mona has previously starred in the 2020 films Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Antebellum. She also starred in the new sequel of Rian Johnson Knives Out 2 alongside Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, Edward Norton and Kathryn Hahn.

The singer and actress recently released a collection of short stories entitled The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories from Dirty Computer, inspired by her third studio album.

In September last year, Monaé released a new song “Say Her Name” in association with the African-American Policy Forum for International Women’s Day. The 17-minute single also featured Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Zoë Kravitz and Brittany Howard.


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