Iconic Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum is getting her own biopic, and luckily Sofia Essaïdi has been chosen to play the role of one of the most memorable singers in the Arab world.
The French-Moroccan singer-actress was deemed to bear the most resemblance to Umm Kulthum. But that's not all, this hottie can sing too.
As a former contestant on the talent competition Star Academy, the Moroccan singer of a French mother is the ideal artist to star in this film, fittingly titled "The Voice."
“It’s a huge challenge,” the singer said. “I grew up in Morocco in a more Europeanized family because my mother is French, but despite that, we couldn’t miss Umm Kulthum’s songs,” she said.
“My mother always told me stories about her. Thanks to Umm Kulthum, she learned Arabic phonetics.”
A great actress she may be, but Sofia will still face a huge challenge coping with the majestic voice of Umm Kulthum and her unique presence on stage.
“I am always afraid of not being honest to the actual artist’s image. There is a real pressure,” she said, adding that she is very enthusiastic to take on this new adventure.
But to the film's director Guila Braoudé, the film is more than just about introducing the West to the “Diva of the Arab World”.
Braoudé hopes her new film will do good to Islam, as Umm Kulthum did. “There are those who do harm to Islam and those who do good. Umm Kulthum is obviously part of those who do good,” she said.
“I hope this film will do good, too, in this turbulent time for the Arab world,” she added.
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