According to ABC News, Queen Latifah will play the role of blues singer, Bessie Smith, in an upcoming HBO project. The movie is scheduled to come out in 2015.
The film, “Bessie,” is written and directed by filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”). It will co-star Michael K. Williams, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Oliver Platt, and Mo’Nique. It’s currently in production in Atlanta, Georgia.
HBO also announced that it will feature shows from the “On the Run Tour,” featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z to air in September. It will tape the Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 shows at the Stade de France, featuring the superstars performing more than 40 songs.