Superstar singer Rihanna is rumored to be lining up a role as jazz queen Josephine Baker in a upcoming biopic.

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The biopic will document the troubled life of the iconic musician, and the Diamonds hitmaker is reportedly first choice to star in the lead role.

According to Producer Lance W. Reynolds says in a statement, “Rihanna is one of the most talented performers of this millennium and with her unique acting and performing abilities, I have no doubt she will bring Josephine back to life on the big screen.”

Barbadian-born Rihanna made her film debut in naval drama Battleship last year.

Baker was born in St Louis, America in 1905 and became a French citizen in 1937. Known as the “Bronze Venus” and “Black Pearl”, she was an international musical sensation and became the first black woman to appear in a mainstream film feature, Zouzou, released in 1934.

She was initially reluctant to dance topless, but Baker’s incredible sex appeal (and rumored sexual appetite) won her legions of fans and hundreds of marriage proposals. She used her fame to contribute to the Civil Rights Movement in America and was a key figure in the French Resistance during World War Two.

Rihanna has yet to respond to the speculation regarding the role.

Gumbumpers, do you think Rihanna is a good fit for this role?