‘Rustin’ Trailer: Colman Domingo Challenges Authority as March on Washington Organizer Bayard Rustin

Rustin film (Credit: Netflix)

Colman Domingo calls for change as Civil Rights pioneer Bayard Rustin in Netflix’s Rustin.

The streamer released the trailer for the film on Monday — as the nation celebrates the 60th anniversary of the pivotal March on Washington.

Rustin was one of the main organizers of the march on Aug. 28, 1963.

The trailer opens with the Civil Rights leader sketching out plans for the gathering and pressing Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to join the gathering.

“Do this Dr. King. Own your power,” Domingo says in the preview.

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Rustin rallies people from all walks of life to take part in the march. “They either believe in freedom and justice for all, or they do not,” he explains.

While some believe in the cause, they don’t believe Bayard is the right man for the job, because he’s openly gay

“His attention-grabbing antics make him an easy target and let’s not mention the unmentionable,” says Chris Rock, who plays activist Roy Wilkins.

In addition to Emmy Award winners Colman Domingo and Chris Rock, the film stars Glynn Turman, Aml Ameen, Gus Halper, CCH Pounder, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Johnny Ramey, Michael Potts, with Jeffrey Wright and Audra McDonald.

Here is the official description: “The architect of 1963’s momentous March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was one of the greatest activists and organizers the world has ever known. He challenged authority, never apologized for who he was, what he believed, or who he desired. And he did not back down. He made history, and in turn, he was forgotten.”

The drama is directed by George C. Wolfe and executive produced by Higher Ground’s Barack and Michelle Obama, Mark R. Wright, Alex G. Scott, David Permut, Daniel Sladek, Chris Taaffe.

Rustin opens in select theaters on Nov. 3 and begins streaming Nov. 17, 2023 on Netflix.

Watch the trailer below: