The cast for an upcoming film titled Brenda: The True Story about the late Brenda Fassie will be entirely South African, London-based film and television production company Showbizbee, which will be bringing the film to life, announced on Wednesday.
Showbizbee said they acquired rights to film the story that will be written and directed by Edward W Shaw with a script based on a story by Fassie’s son, Bongani.
“Casting will be facilitated by a national open casting process. Showbizbee will be announcing shortly how to apply.
“The main role will be open for auditions across South Africa. This initiative will give the opportunity for any female across the country to apply for this challenging and honourable role for the movie,” said the company representatives in a statement.
The news set off speculation about which local actress - or any South African - for that matter would be up to playing MaBrr.
Some of the names mentioned include Brenda Ngxoli, Soso Runqu, Kelly Khumalo and even Zodwa Wabantu.
She's the only person who can play Brenda Fassie.
This isn't up for discussion pic.twitter.com/LSplwqy3nV
But it was one tweet that really got SA tweeps talking.
This human being looks more like Brenda Fassie than Brenda Fassie. pic.twitter.com/8uRCni4bN7
If Brenda Fassie was my mother, I would be freaked out looking this woman's pictures pic.twitter.com/d2XMxZQzlZ
Are Brenda Fassie's parents still alive?? Someone needs to explain. pic.twitter.com/dGdsSQU6sl
No need for auditions mos pic.twitter.com/eWEEY0nixr