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Janelle Monáe signs film production deal with Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures has signed a first-look production agreement with Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Pictures.

Monáe, who is already set to star in Universal’s upcoming films Welcome to Marwen and Harriet, founded the Wondaland Arts Society alongside like-minded young artists in 2001. Now, the film division of Wondaland has scored a major connection with Universal. According to Deadline, the two companies have designated their focus on creating content that “underrepresented voices and groundbreaking perspectives.”

“There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the talented team at Wondaland are at the forefront,” said studio chairman Donna Langley. “Their forward-thinking, inclusive approach to content and storytelling make them a perfect fit for our studio.”

Monáe’s Welcome to Marwen will be opening on December 21. Following on from that, the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet will hit cinemas next year.