Vivica A. Fox Is The First Black Woman To Play US President In Movie
Has there ever been a woman of color to portray the President of the United States in a live action movie? If not, Vivica A. Fox may very well be making history with a role in a forthcoming indie science fiction film.
In a report from The Hollywood Reporter Fox will serve as the POTUS in a movie called Crossbreed, where she sends a group of retired military war heroes to retrieve an extraterrestrial being from an illegal Medical Facility, that’s using its DNA to manufacture weapons.
The film, described as a throwback to action films of the ’80s, will also star Gotham‘s Stink Fisher, Devanny Pinn, Vernon Wells and John T. Woods. Brandon Slagle (director of biographical Charles Manson film House of Manson) serves as the movie’s director.
“When my producers brought up the idea of Vivica in the role, it was a lightning bolt,” Slagle said. “It was a fantastic idea. Someone who could light up a room but also has a commanding presence. Our President is positive and proactive, not the grim figure as is usually portrayed in these types of movies.”
This could very well be the first time a black woman has ever played the POTUS on screen (film or TV). There have been plenty of black men to play the president on the big screen: Danny Glover (President Wilson in 2012); Chris Rock (Mays Gilliam in Head of State, although technically, he becomes president by the end of the film); Morgan Freeman (President Tom Back in Deep Impact); Jamie Foxx (President James Sawyer in White House Down) and several others.
But Fox taking on the role is nothing short of game changing. Plus, she’s portraying the president of the United States in a movie that has a pretty interesting premise.
Crossbreed will begin filming in Los Angeles and then Buffalo, New York, in October.