To great degree, multi-talented actress/music star Queen Latifah’s involvement in bringing the life story of Bessie Smith to screen has been 20 years in the making.
But, while two decades of blockbuster films, talk shows, a Grammy win, and an Academy Award nomination got in the way of her full pursuit of the project, the Queen’s scope has now placed its focus on revamping the film.
With schooling on the life of the legendary blues singer in tow, Latifah teams with Academy Award winner/comedienne Mo’nique to portray the songstress in the HBO biopic ‘Bessie.’
Her music “may be almost 100 years old, but it has a power a lot of artists could learn from today,” Latifah said.
‘Scandal’ star Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps and Charles S. Dutton are set to round out the cast of the Dee Rees-directed film, due spring 2015.
Keep it locked to That Grape Juice for more on ‘Bessie’ as it develops.