Beyoncé to Play Etta James

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BlackFilm.com has learned from Cedric the Entertainer that Beyoncé (Dreamgirls) is set to play famed singer Etta James in Sony BMG’s Cadillac Records, written and to be directed by Darnell Martin.

The film explores Chicago in the 1950s, charting the colorful lives of American musical legends like Muddy Waters, Chess, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis Presley. Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Columbus Short, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Tammy Blanchard co-star.

Filming will take place in New Jersey and Mississippi.

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