The film will chronicle the star’s rise to fame and how she became one of the country’s most iconic musicians for over three decades.
Bongani Fassie, her son, is set to be the co-executive producer of the film. Production will begin in February with shooting taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The film will hit cinemas in 2019.
Fassie died on 9 May 2004 after she had slipped into a coma brought on by an asthma attack. The post mortem revealed that she had overdosed on cocaine on the night of her collapse in her house in Buccleuch. This caused her coma, and she stopped breathing resulting in brain damage from the lack of oxygen.
She was one of the SA artists who reached multi-platinum album status during and after apartheid.
She left an indelible mark on the hearts of her fans worldwide. Fans took to Twitter to speculate on who should play her in the film.
A Brenda Fassie Biopic is in the works with Bongani Fassie as co-Executive Producer. It’s expected to start production soon & hit cinemas in 2019. Which actress would you like to see portray #BrendaFassie? pic.twitter.com/u140zIVme9
— Just Curious (@JustCuriousZA) 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
Here's young Mabrrr, Brenda Fassie wannabe.
Maybe she can play the Role of Brenda fassie pic.twitter.com/ypDMw2NSAP
— Nomzamo Mhlongo (@Zamo_Njomz) January 11, 2018
I totally agree with everyone who says Brenda Ngxoli is the perfect choice to play Brenda Fassie…✌👊🔥😍 pic.twitter.com/oZMvu8QyNA
— Bekithemba Zulu🇿🇦 (@BekithembaZ) January 11, 2018
— Tyrone Gwejenathan (@MrGwej) January 11, 2018
Meryl Streep should pay Brenda Fassie 🙃🙃🙃 pic.twitter.com/c6qmzPrv6p
— Uncle Afro (@Afro_M) January 11, 2018