Kuti, already the subject of the Broadway musical Fela!, died in 1997 and was the pioneer of the Afrobeat musical style, a fusion of American jazz, funk and West African drums. Casting for the film, which has been developed independently of the musical, will be announced at a later date.
McQueen made his feature directing debut last year with the Irish hunger strike drama Hunger, which won the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer.
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