Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Secret Lives of Mammies

Movie Musical Divas Latifah and Hudson Will Star in "Secret Life of Bees" Film

By Ernio Hernandez

Movie musical stars Queen Latifah

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and Jennifer Hudson

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have been cast in the forthcoming film adaptation of "The Secret Life of Bees," according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Hudson, Latifah and Sophie Okonedo ("Tsunami, The Aftermath," "Hotel Rwanda")

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have been announced to co-star in the new feature written and directed by Gina Prince Bythewood ("Love & Basketball").


Filming will begin in January in North Carolina for a release, by Fox Searchlight, later in 2008. The trade publication also notes Dakota Fanning ("War of the Worlds")

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and Alicia Keys ("Smokin' Aces") are in negotiations to appear.

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Based on the Sue Monk Kidd 2002 novel of the same title, "Bees" follows the tale of a young girl (Fanning) who runs away with her friend/caregiver (Hudson) and comes upon a trio of sisters (Latifah, Okonedo, Keys), who take them in. The 1964-set coming-of-age drama will also feature Tristan Wilds ("The Wire").

Latifah followed up her Academy Award-nominated turn in "Chicago" (as Mama Morton) with another movie musical role this summer in "Hairspray" (as Motormouth Maybelle). The singer-actress has also appeared in "Stranger Than Fiction," "Beauty Shop," "Set It Off," "Scary Movie 3" and in voice on "Ice Age: The Meltdown."

Hudson earned an Oscar for her acclaimed film debut in "Dreamgirls" as Effie White. The one-time "American Idol" contestant will next appear in "Sex and the City: The Movie."

2 comments:

TeeBe said...

Somethin' in the milk ain't clean about Dakota...

Coco LaRue said...

That child be the devil.