RuPaul thinks Willow Smith would be a good choice to play him in an upcoming biopic.
In an interview with Page Six, Ru says that the project is still in the early stages but Smith would be his casting pick.
“Next is a TV movie about me,” RuPaul told Page Six. “Not filmed yet. No title yet. Not cast yet. I won’t play me. It’s maybe Willow Smith.”
Although the 16-year-old is young he believes she would give an accurate portrayal.
“Please. I’m doing this a hundred years. At least she’s a biological female. And I don’t need someone bitchy. I’m not. I’m sassy. There’s a kindness in me. I’m really a sweetheart,” Ru added.
He has been campaigning for Smith to play him in a biopic for years. Back in 2011, Ru tweeted that he would want Smith for the part.
Yes, but only if Willow Smith played me RT @FarronElizabeth: would you ever consider doing a biopic pic of your life?
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) May 11, 2011
RuPaul says the project is still being shopped around to different networks. It’s also unclear whether it will be 45-minutes or an hour long.
One thing that is for sure is that the biopic will have a positive spin.
“This is about my New York life in the ’80s. Interview magazine in those days was my Bible. I grew up in San Diego wanting to be Andy Warhol. No grim storyline about white guys sniffing white powder. It’s the Yellow Brick Road. Wanting to go to six different clubs every night,” RuPaul says.
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions will create the project and Gary Lennon, known for “Orange is the New Black” and “Justified,” will pen the script.