The talented Motswana Broadway actor, Donald Molosi’s latest Hollywood role is closer to home than in the past. Molosi, the first Motswana in Broadway will feature in “A United Kingdom” – the upcoming Hollywood film about the transformative inter-racial romance between Botswana’s founding President Sir Seretse Khama and Lady Ruth Khama in the 1940s.
The film also stars Academy Award nominee Rosamund as Lady Ruth Khama and Emmy Award nominee David Oyelowo as Sir Seretse Khama.
“The film is directed by BAFTA-winning director Amma Asante and its producers include Rick McCallum who famously produced Star Wars,” says Molosi of the project.
“It is an exciting film, a culmination of sorts for me since I have been writing and performing the story of Sir Seretse Khama around the world for more than ten years now.”
Molosi, 29, who divides his time between USA and Botswana, was the first Motswana to perform on Broadway nine years ago and his off-Broadway credits include You Can’t Take It With You, Anowa and Fela!He has also performed in plays that he wrote himself off-Broadway to great acclaim including his magnum opus “Blue, Black and White” for which he won the Best Actor Award at Dialogue One Festival as well as the Best Solo Award at the United Solo Festival.
The play was the first-ever dramatic account of the life of Sir Seretse Khama and it is one of the plays that Molosi has included in his new book called “We Are All Blue” – a collection of Molosi’s award-winning plays that he is launching next month in anticipation of the film.
“I have been consistent for the past decade about my ceaseless campaign to resuscitate the memory of Sir Seretse Khama and people appreciate my consistency.
I will not stop after the film. I plan to do many more projects about his life. And if one day my legacy can be that I made my nation take interest in Sir Seretse Khama, I would have fulfilled so much of what I dreamt of towards a self-loving Africa,” said Molosi recently.
Molosi trained as a classical actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) which is the same school where the star of the film, David Oyelowo also attended. “David Oyelowo and I trained as actors at the same school in England but years apart. Batswana are going to love him in this film,” said Molosi.
A United Kingdom is scheduled for a world release in time for Botswana’s 50th anniversary.