Rustin Movie

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Rustin tells the story of the brilliant civil rights mastermind behind 1963’s March On Washington; an openly gay Black man whose influential work as an activist altered the course of history.

Who's Involved:

Chris Rock, Jeffrey Wright, George C. Wolfe, David Permut, Dustin Lance Black, Glynn Turman, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Daniel Sladek, Adrienne Warren, Gus Halper, Johnny Ramey, Frank Harts, Alex G. Scott, Bill Irwin, Colman Domingo, Aml Ameen, CCH Pounder, Audra McDonald, Barack Obama, Michael Potts, Carra Patterson, Mark R. Wright, Jordan-Amanda Hall, Jules Latimer, Jakeem Dante Powell, Lilli Kay, Jamilah Nadege Rosemond, Ayana Workman, Cotter Smith, Kevin Mambo, Grantham Coleman, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper, Michelle Obama, Chris Taaffe

Release Date:

Friday, November 17, 2023 Netflix

thematic material, some violence, sexual material, language including racial slurs, brief drug use, and smoking
Runtime: N/A
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

Bayard Rustin, the brilliant strategist behind 1963’s momentous March On Washington and close advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., dedicated his life to the tireless quest for racial equality, human rights, and worldwide democracy. But as an openly gay Black man, he was all but erased from the civil rights movement he helped build.

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Who stars in Rustin: Cast List

... Bayard Rustin

The Color Purple, Drive-Away Dolls  

... Roy Wilkins

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, Grown Ups  

... A. Philip Randolph

Devil You Know, 80 For Brady  

... Ella Baker

Origin, Respect  

The Batman, American Fiction  

The Maze Runner, Dead Shot  



Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar 3  

Cicada, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom  


The Holdovers, Lost City of D  

Who's making Rustin: Crew List

A look at the Rustin behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director George C. Wolfe last directed Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Blood on the Leaves.


Dustin Lance Black

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Production: What we know about Rustin?

Key Facts

  1. Rustin is the first feature film that Higher Ground is producing.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2022 - April: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2021 - December: The film was set to Production  status.

Rustin Release Date: When is the film coming out?

Rustin is coming out as a Netflix release in 2023 on Friday, November 17, 2023. There are 9 other movies coming out on the same date, including The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Trolls Band Together and Thanksgiving.

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