Writer(s): Walter Dean Myers (book);
Starring: Cynthia Erivo
Synopsis: A film based on the remarkable life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th century African princess “gifted” to Queen Victoria after she was orphaned and enslaved by a West African king. Born Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, she was “gifted” to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta. The Queen’s patronship was a thorny rose that put Sarah at the centre of British aristocracy but did not shield her from public scrutiny, personal suffering or the dangers of a capricious court that was fundamentally suspicious of her as a strong, educated Black woman.
Release Date: Unknown | Length: Unknown | Genre: Biography, Drama, History | MPAA Rating: Unknown | Note(s): Original announcement. Cynthia Erivo is also a producer on this project. Title changed from “Gifted” to the “Untitled Cynthia Erivo Film”. If there has been no update by next expiration I’m moving it to “Never Made”.