Queen Latifah to Star in HBO's Bessie Smith Biopic

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01 May 2014

Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah, who starred in the film musical adaptations of Chicago and Hairspray, will play blues icon Bessie Smith in a new bio-pic for HBO, according to Deadline.com.

Dee Rees will write and direct the untitled film that will explore Smith's troubled personal life and her celebrity rise as one of the most popular recording artists of the 1920s and 30s.

The project is based on the biography "Bessie," written by Chis Albertson.

Executive producing are Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, Randi Michel and Tony-nominated actress Hallie Foote, who serves as co-executive producer, along with Ron Schmidt as producer.