Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in the upcoming Miss World dramedy Misbehaviour with Jessie Buckley and Keira Knightley. She will play Jennifer Hosten, Miss Grenada, who made history by being crowned the first Black Miss World.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is based on the cultural shifts that occurred during the widely-viewed 1970 Miss World in London when Hosten won the title.
It was considered an upset, since Miss Sweden was projected to win. “In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head,” states the article. On top of that, the women’s liberation movement protested against the Bob Hope-hosted pageant during the live telecast.
The film will be directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Pathé.