Colman Domingo Set to Star as Nat King Cole in Self-Written Movie Musical

Los Angeles, CA – Actor and playwright Colman Domingo will take on the unforgettable role of legendary singer Nat King Cole in an upcoming movie musical, according to exclusive information obtained by Variety. Domingo, who co-wrote the script for the film, will also be making his feature directing debut with this project.

In a recent episode of the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast, Domingo shared that he has been quietly working on this project for a few years and is excited to collaborate with great partners. The specific period that the film will focus on has not yet been announced.

One of the defining moments in Cole’s life took place on April 10, 1956 when he was attacked by four white men while performing before an all-white audience in Birmingham, Alabama. After the attackers were apprehended, Cole courageously returned to the stage and received a standing ovation from the remaining audience members.

This is not Domingo’s first encounter with the story of Nat King Cole. He co-wrote the play “Lights Out: Nat ‘King’ Cole” with Patricia McGregor, which premiered at the Geffen Playhouse. The play imagines the thoughts and experiences of Cole during his 1957 Christmas special on “The Nat King Cole Show,” which was the first network program hosted by an African American.

Nat King Cole was a highly influential musician and vocalist, known for his jazz and pop recordings in the late 1930s. He had over 100 chart-topping songs in music history, including hits like “Unforgettable,” “Smile,” and “Let There Be Love.” Throughout his career, Cole sold over 50 million records and received numerous accolades such as a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy Awards in 1990 and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

The news of Colman Domingo taking on the role of Nat King Cole follows his recent Oscar nomination for best actor for his portrayal of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin in the film “Rustin.” Domingo has also been cast as Joe Jackson, the father of pop star Michael Jackson, in an upcoming biopic directed by Antoine Fuqua.

In addition to these projects, Domingo has been busy with other endeavors. He served as an executive producer for the horror film “It’s What’s Inside,” which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Netflix for $17 million. He will also appear in feature films such as “Drive-Away Dolls” directed by Ethan Coen and “Sing Sing” directed by Greg Kewdar, both of which he has also produced.

Colman Domingo is represented by Gersh, Liebman Entertainment, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

Overall, this project allows Colman Domingo to showcase his talents as an actor, writer, and director, and adds to his already impressive list of accomplishments in the entertainment industry.