Superstar singer Rihanna is rumoured to be lining up a role as jazz queen Josephine Baker in a new film.

The biopic will document the troubled life of the iconic musician, and the Diamonds hitmaker is reportedly first choice to star in the lead role.

Producer Lance W. Reynolds says in a statement, "Rihanna is one of the most talented performers of this millennium and with her unique acting and performing abilities, I have no doubt she will bring Josephine back to life on the big screen."

The film about the life of Baker, who became notorious for dancing naked apart for a tutu of fake bananas in the 1920s, is set for release next year (14).