Social media was abuzz on Thursday as Twitter users engaged in heated debate over which local actor would best portray Brenda Fassie in the new biopic on her life.
This comes after UK-based film and television production company Showbizbee announced on Wednesday that it had acquired rights to film the MaBrrr story.
The anti-apartheid Afropop singer, affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans, passed away on 9 May 2004.
Showbizbee said auditions would be open across South Africa for the main role.
NEWS: UK film company Showbizbee, has acquired the film rights to late superstar Brenda Fassie’s life story.
— Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 11, 2018
Brenda Ngxoli should play Brenda Fassie. Full Stop
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) January 11, 2018
Brenda Ngxoli for Brenda Fassie! No more Americans- I hate begging but PLEASE hleng!!! pic.twitter.com/agpK4S9Umv
— GoodFella Thabang. 🗽 (@Emoji_Politikal) January 11, 2018
I just hope whoever they cast to play Brenda Fassie can handle their lines
— omae wa mou shindeiru (@mister_melIow) January 11, 2018
Actually, there is a lady that plays Morongwa on Isidingo. I think she’d be perfect for this role. She has the voice, the look, the attitude and the talent of a Brenda Fassie.
Please consider her. https://t.co/5myYShkTVK
— Spitch Nzawumbi🇿🇦 (@SpitchNzawumbi) January 11, 2018
— Monsieur Licorne 🦄 (@MrGwej) January 11, 2018
Claim your favourites and protect them ferociously #OnlyBrendaNgxoli for the #BrendaFassie film! We deserve this! This is one of our most exciting stories! We deserve someone who is a true actor and who truly understands the depth of #BrendaFassie
— KingOnTheMic (@thandiswamazwai) January 11, 2018
Pick one from these 3 😍😍😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/Ti1BlvATOh
— Dakalo (@Dakalo_Ndyenga) January 11, 2018
South Africans always complain about overseas film studios telling our stories yet non of our SA based Film studios felt it necessary to tell Brenda Fassie story. Again a UK based Film studio will be doing Brenda Fassie movie.
— ukhanki (@TboozeSA) January 11, 2018
Brenda Ngxoli can kill that role as Brenda Fassie, she’s really talented pic.twitter.com/T7LvHjLM90
— SocialTrends🇿🇦™ (@SocialTrendsZA) January 11, 2018
Only this two can pull of Brenda Fassie….if is not one of them I’m not watching it. pic.twitter.com/guwWlILi9S
— Mmapula (@Mmaps_ThePro) January 11, 2018
— Dolly Parton’s benthen. (@Jayy_Sayz) January 11, 2018
I definitely think Manaka Ranaka would kill the role of Brenda Fassie in the biopic. pic.twitter.com/RDoOtJ9mWU
— Sheldon Cameron (@Sheldon_Cameron) January 11, 2018
The movie will be filmed on location in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Production will begin in February and the movie is set for release later this year.